Monday 16 September 2013

A Mystery Mark In The Mound

I have written before about the mound in the middle of Stonehenge - between Stones 53 and 10 - which David Field has some thoughts about.

In the excitement of finding other parchmarks this summer I also spotted something strange on the mound.

My updated version of Cleals map shows where the known excavations in the mound area are and I have outlined the squares in the bottom picture, the two smaller Atkinson ones and the corner of the more recent Darvill and Wainwright's one.

In the area between them there appeared a circular parchmark with a lush centre.
(A large hole left into chalk can produce this as the chalk edges collapse to give a dry rubble edge and the centre depression is filled with blown soil).

It is off the bluestone circle and I don't think it is an artifact produced by the watering, could it be a hint of a large stonehole?

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It is also visible in this picture taken this year if you look closely:

1 comment:

  1. Another great piece of observation and very good to see that you and Simon have got the credit for the evidence of the stones 17, 18 and 19 parch marks.
    This mark could also be a post hole fitting in with the spacing of the arc of large posts at the inner N.W. face of the rectangular S.E. Lunar alignment post setting .


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