Monthly Archives: January 2015

Added to Whitmoor Barrow under CROOKSBURY LINE

This is a couple of paragraphs added to the page of WHITMOOR BARROW on the CROOKSBURY LINE.

Barrows were often constructed so that from the valley below they stood out on the skyline, but when one approaches it becomes apparent that the mound is not on the highest point, it is fairly unusual to find a barrow on the actual summit of a hill. Maybe the original occupation site of barrow builders can be deduced by a study of sightlines. It is probable that the Newlands Corner Barrow was visible from the Weston Wood settlement. There are very few other viewpoints where the mound would have stood out on the skyline. Other barrows such as Whitmoor cannot be ‘skylined’ from any position due to their low-lying location.  It would have made far more sense for the builders to have positioned the barrow some two hundred metres further south with views down over the Wey valley to Farley Hill and vistas to the East and West.  Why then was this seen as a favourable spot?

The barrow is ten and a half kilometres north of the latitude of Stonehenge (51’10’44”).  The latitude at the barrow is 51’16’26” leading to the idea that the solstice sightings would be similar.  Also the Stonehenge average moonrise and moonset on the 18.61 year cycle is about 133 degrees and 231 degrees – almost exactly the same as the CROOKSBURY and NEWLANDS lines.  This is an area where much more research awaits.

 

Added to Wanborough Church under CROOKSBURY LINE

On my last visit to Wanborough Church I noticed these strange carvings in the stonework of the north west corner.  The recumbent stone can be seen on the ground beyond.  They did not look modern and closer examination reveals other straight scratch marks to the left of the holes.  Maybe of no significance but intriguing – I could not find any other marks elsewhere.

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Wanborough hit the headlines in the 1980s with the discovery of a romano-celtic temple built over the site of an iron age temple.  It is estimated that metal detectorists plundered up to 20,000 coins from the site and it was this crisis which instigated the changes in the law of Treasure Trove.   The location of this site at E 492013 N 149598 is just on the south edge of a trackway called Green Lane and is some 120 metres from the eight Druid Mile point on bearing 242 degrees .  Further research needed.