Hampshire Treasures

Volume 8 ( Test Valley North)

Page 218 - Thruxton

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Description and DateRemarksProtectionGrid Ref. and
Punchcard No.
Ranch Boundaries
Extensive ditch systems throughout the Thruxton Hill area, ranging from Snoddington Hill, southwards, to Quarley Hill. The ditches pre-date Quarley hill fort and were probably farm boundaries; they are of variable types from univallate to mulitvallate. They are on average 4ft. wide and vary in lenght from a few hundred feet to several miles. The grid reference given locates an approximate central point of the ditches within Thruxton. O.S.A. No. SU24 SE13.     SU 252 443
1723 55
Iron Age
Beehive Pits
Racedown Farm. Two beehive pits found south of Thruxton Copse revealed by gas pipe line trench in 1969. Finds include bones, sherds and pot boilers, now in Salisbury Museum. O.S.A. No. SU24 SE42.     SU 269 452
1723 38
Iron Age/Roman
Celtic Field System
East of Victoria Copse. Beyond a few scattered soil marks, little or no trace of the field system remains. O.S.A. No. SU24 SW16. Ref: Crawford Collection of A.P.s., 6407, 6409, 5487-8/28/3-4.     SU 245 430
1723 33
Roman
Building and Earth Works
North of Thruxton Down House. Finds include, coarse potsherds, stone roofing-tile fragments and pieces of Roman brick and tile. O.S.A. No. SU24 SE1.     SU 264 448
1723 30
Building (Site)
North of Stanbury. The remains of a Roman building were found in 1823, possibly a temple or basilican villa containing a tesselated pavement depicting Bacchus seated on a tiger. A terra-cotta candalabrum was also found. The mosaic pavement was acquired for the British Museum in 1893. Site now under permanent pasture. O.S.A. No. SU24 NE16. Ref: 1. Gentleman's Magazine, 1823, pp.452. Ref: 2. P.H.F.C., Vol. 9, 1920-24, (Engleheart), pp.214-5. Ref: 3. V.C.H., pp.299-300.     SU 297 461
1723 29
Cemetery
A gas pipe-line trench revealed four graves. All the burials were orientated with heads to the north; also found, a large sherd of a colour-coated ware bowl. O.S.A. No. SU24 SE23.     SU 268 453
1723 37
Pottery
West of Thruxton Down House. Large amount of pottery found in the area around grid reference given. O.S.A. No. SU23 SE21.     SU 251 444
1723 31
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