ADAM'S GRAVE


ADAM'S GRAVE

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1. Adam's Grave

ADAM'S GRAVE, WILTSHIRE
Adam's Grave is a neolithic long barrow perched on top of Walker's Hill. It measures 185' in length by 90' in width and 20' in height, and is surrounded by a 3' deep and 20' wide ditch. Known as Wodnesbeorg in antiquity, only the mound and a few sarsens are visible. It was opened and excavated in 1860 by Thurman, who uncovered a sarsen-lined burial chamber to the eastern end, and found 4 skeletons and an arrowhead. Knap Hill opposite is an excellent causewayed enclosure, and a white horse (Pile's) was cut into the steep side of Walker's Hill in 1812. Apparently the artist employed to carve it was paid in advance and did a runner, leaving Pile to finish it himself. I believe he was later caught and executed for something else. Bloody artists.
OS: SU.112.634 In the Vale of Pewsey, on a minor road south from the A4 and just before Alton Barnes.

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