ST9612 : Dorset cursus southwestern terminal

near to Chettle, Dorset, Great Britain

Dorset cursus southwestern terminal
Dorset cursus southwestern terminal
The neolithic earthworks in this picture form the southwestern terminal of the enigmatic Dorset Cursus, on Thickthorn Down. The cursus is a linear ancient monument: a pair of parallel earth banks and ditches about 100m apart once stretched 10km to the northeast from this point, with the other terminal on Bokerley Down. Farming activity over the centuries has destroyed much of the above-ground features of the cursus, but these earthworks in particular remain. The original purpose of the cursus is still the subject of conjecture, but it is likely that it is somehow related to the many neolithic long barrows that lie on, within and without its banks.
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Friday, 8 April, 2005   (more nearby)
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WGS84: 50:54.7173N 2:3.0693W
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