Martin Green, acclaimed for his farm and museum exhibits on Cranborne Chase, lives very close to the Knowlton complex where within an area of just over a square kilometre lie at least 7 henges,170 ring ditches and a prehistoric mound. It is the least studied of the great Wessex henge complexes although the most compact.
Work by Dr. Green and Southampton University in 2016 looked at a mini-complex east of the Church Henge. Excavations revealed a ‘short’ long barrow with ditches of unusual construction, including a unique chalk pedestal, new henges and enclosures and a high status Beaker burial. Martin will give the background to Knowlton before discussing last summer’s remarkable finds.
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