Bush Barrow, Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

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A large early Bronze Age round barrow about 1 km southwest of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in southern England. The mound has a bush growing out of it, hence its name, and has done since at least the 18th century ad. The barrow was excavated by William Cunnington in 1808 and was found to contain the remains of a single inhumation, probably an adult male. Accompanying the burial was a rich collection of grave goods including a gold belt fastener, a gold lozenge‐shaped breastplate, a small gold lozenge, a stone macehead with bone handle mounts, two bronze daggers (one with its hilt decorated with gold pins), and a flanged axe. The burial is widely interpreted as that of a powerful local chief, and has been taken to exemplify the early phase of the Wessex Culture.


P. Ashbee, 1960, The Bronze Age round barrow in Britain. London: Phoenix, 76–8

Subjects: Archaeology.

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