Monument record BOY 068 - A Prehistoric pit or post circle, visible as a cropmark.

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A prehistoric pit or post circle is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs, about 320m north-west of Boyton Hall Farm, Boyton parish


Grid reference Centred TM 37953 46535 (15m by 15m)
Map sheet TM34NE


Type and Period (6)

Full Description

A prehistoric pit or post circle is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs of 1974, about 320m north-west of Boyton Hall Farm, Boyton parish, centred on circa TM37954653. The circles are composed of pits of up to one metre in diameter, arranged in two concentric rings. The central ring measures about 10m in diameter, the outer ring, circa 14m in diameter. It is not clear from the photographs whether the cropmarks are showing over pits that were excavated with the intention of remaining open or over pits formed by the removal or decomposition of timber posts. Therefore the pits could represent either a ritual feature, such as a pit or post circle, or the structural elements of a feature such as a round barrow or round house, as described by Wilson (2000) (S2). However, of the many ring ditches that have been mapped as part of this survey, most have been interpreted as the ditches of round barrows or round houses, and none of these examples have resembled this feature. Therefore, until the site is excavated, an interpretation as a pit or post circle of Neolithic or Bronze age date is preferred.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Photograph: CUCAP. CUCAP aerial photograph. CUCAP (BQK 76-7) 16-OCT-1974.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: D.R. Wilson. 2000. Air Photo Interpretation for Archaeologists. Wilson D.R. (2000): 93, 113.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 14 2013 11:58AM

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