Larkhill

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Motoring mystery on Salisbury Plain

Archaeologists working on Salisbury Plain are used to unearthing enigmatic remains, thanks to the area’s rich array of prehistoric ritual sites. Wessex Archaeology’s work at Larkhill (see CA 326 and 328) has turned up a more unexpected discovery, however: the remains of a 1932 MG J2 car. The vehicle was found in a former WWII […]

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Preparing for the Front

A forgotten First World War practice battlefield at Larkhill One hundred years ago, men from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Britain were being trained in trench warfare on an intricate practice battlefield established on a gently sloping hillside at Larkhill. Si Cleggett and Martin Brown told Matthew Symonds what excavations have revealed about how these […]

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Current Archaeology 328

Between 1974 and 1981 a remarkable campaign of excavations in Dublin exposed a swathe of the Viking town. From an archaeological perspective the conditions were perfect, with waterlogged layers preserving the vestiges of hundreds of houses and thousands of artefacts. But this was also a race against the clock, with public demonstrations buying more time […]

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Current Archaeology 326

What are borders for? It is a question that has recently gone mainstream. Debate about ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ borders finds a parallel in attempts to determine whether Roman borders blocked or simply regulated movement. In this regard, the true nature of Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall remains a mystery. As the modern world is reminding us, though, the nature […]

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The Larkhill causewayed enclosure

Rethinking the early Neolithic Stonehenge landscape Excavations at Larkhill have revealed a remarkable set of structures superimposed in the Wiltshire chalk. The discovery of a causewayed enclosure is raising fundamental questions about the early Neolithic focus of what would become the Stonehenge landscape, while more recent digging sought to prepare soldiers for the terrors of […]