"A retired fisherman has discovered an ancient stone head which experts say could be 24,000 years old - the oldest found in Britain." The five-inch stone head was found off Long Island in Hampshire and according to archaeologists could be a piece of Neanderthal art. "A similar stone head was found in a Neanderthal cave in northern France and was dated back to 28,000 BC."
Full story and photo appear on page 7 of The Times, 2 October 2004.
In case you're visiting sites in Hants and wondering what formicaant, pure joy, jimit and others are referring to, this is it. Indispensible but only as good as its sources. Refers often to PHFC (Proceedings of the Hampshire Field Club, which is now published as Hampshire Studies, an annual journal), which is available at the Hants Record Office next to Winchester railway station.
Walked up Beacon Hill to the hillfort today. Was in Hampshire with a friend to visit the Sandham Memorial Chapel (which for me was a deeply affecting experience) and the walk up Beacon Hill afterwards somehow seemed totally fitting.
The car park is just off the A34, my first thought was that the noise from the traffic would detract from the enjoyment of the place. Its a long way up though and the noise soon receded - by the time we reached the hillfort at the top the A34 had diminished and could no longer be heard. As we walked round the ramparts a red kite glided by below us. There is a very big sky up there - wonderful cloud formations today and, needless to say, amazing views. Highclere Castle can be clearly seen and the grave of the Fifth Earl of Carnavon aka George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert (Adventurer, Explorer, Archaeologist) who with Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun - is on the edge of the hillfort surrounded by railings.
An amazing place!
I spotted these 4 Barrows on the O/S map and as they are close to the A272 I hoped to be able to spot them from the road. We were running late and I didn’t have time for a visit.
However this proved not to be the case due to the trees obscuring them.
The Barrows are in the grounds of Hinton Ampner House (N.T. site?) and they look as though they would be visible from the drive leading to the house.
There is also a public footpath which runs through the park
I will have a proper look when I am next in the area and report back.
Near the junction of the A272 and the A32
‘Drive by’ 11.2.13
My O/S map shows 3 Barrows in this area.
I could find no information from E.H. on these Barrows.
I could see no trace of the Barrow furthest to the east.
The Barrow opposite the pub appeared to be approximately 0.5m high x 5m across.
The third Barrow, south west of the pub, was about 0.3m high x 5m across.
Take the A272 west out of Petersfield and take the turning right for Froxfield Green and then High Cross. Drive through the hamlet (past the church) and the Barrows are in a field on your left – opposite Wyke Green Farm.
My O/S map shows one and a ‘half’ Barrows in the field.
The reason for the ‘half’ is that its southern half has been cut through by the road.
I looked for the Barrows over the hedge but couldn’t make them out for sure.
The ‘half’ Barrow was probably hidden by the hedge (if it is still there) and I think I saw the other Barrow covered in trees and undergrowth.
I cannot for sure say this was the Barrow and perhaps it was ‘natural’?
If it wasn’t the Barrow then I couldn’t spot that one either.
See directions for Wyke Green Farm Barrows.
This Barrow is a little north of High Cross.
This is a nice Barrow and worth the effort of a visit.
It is approximately 2m high x 15m across and covered in trees.
It has clearly been dug into at some point.
The Barrow is right next to the road and there is a handy gap in the hedge so you can easily see it.
Driving west out of Petersfield you will eventually come to the junction with the A32. Turn right (north) and pull in at the 3rd turning on the left. The Barrows are in the trees immediately to your left, next to the main road. Easy to spot.
These two Barrows are right next to the busy A32 and appear to be in reasonable condition despite the close proximity of the road and being covered in trees/bushes etc.
Worth a quick look when in the area.
‘Two bowl barrows, west of the junction of the A32 and Fawley Lane. Known locally at The Jumps or The Devil’s Jumps. They form part of a probable Bronze Age barrow cemetery’
From Petersfield take the A272 west. Drive through Lanrish and park at the junction to the third turning on the right. The Barrows are in the field opposite.
Unlike the Barrows at Lower Bordean Farm (just down the road) these are fine examples and very easy to spot. The two barrows are right next to each other and in a small copse. Both Barrows are covered in trees but otherwise look to be in good condition.
‘The two most substantial barrows lie in the centre of a group and are joined near the base, possibly having been constructed together as a twin barrow. Both barrows are circular and steep sided, 25m to 27m in diameter and 2.5m to 2.7m high. They have flattened or slightly hollowed tops
My O/S map showed a third Barrow to the south east in a field.
All I could identify was a tiny ‘bump’ in the grass.
From Petersfield take the A272 west. Shortly after driving through Lanrish you will come to Lower Bordean. There is a track on the left where you can pull in off the busy A272. The two Barrows are either side of the road.
Bordean ‘A’ is the Barrow to the south of the road.
I could see no trace of it despite it being right next to the road.
‘A bowl barrow 100m se of Lower Bordean Farm. The barrow has been disturbed by ploughing at its southern end and truncated at its northern end by the construction of the road. The surviving portion consists of a low spread ovoid mound measuring 27m x 24m and a max height of 2m in height situated against the northern boundary of a field’.
I tried to spot Bordean ‘B’ from the road but couldn’t see it.
(No public access to field and within close proximity to the farm so a ‘sneak visit’ not an option!)
‘The Barrow is a sub-circular flat-topped mound 18m in diameter and up to 2.5m in height’.