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South West England Culture History and Archaeology

Culture history, archaeological sites, and other information related to the past of South West England, including the counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, and Cornwall.

Meare Iron Age Lake Dwellings
Meare is the name given to two well-preserved Iron Age villages (Meare Village East and Meare Village West, located north of Meare, Somerset, on the south bank of the River Brue in the Somerset Levels.

Abbots Way (UK) - Neolithic Trackway of Abbots Way
Abbot's Way is a Neolithic trackway, first built about 2000 BC as a footpath to cross a lowland mire in the Somerset Levels and Moors wetland region of Somerset, England.

Avebury (Wessex)
Avebury is an ancient megalithic site, dated to the Late Neolithic period and located in in central south England.

Cadbury Castle (Somerset)
One of the candidates for the avatar of King Arthur, Cadbury has evidence for late Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement around Cadbury Castle hillfort.

Cornish Farms in Prehistoric Farmyards
A summary of recent work in Cornwall, from British Archaeology

Culverwell Megalithic Site
Mesolithic site on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, the website includes information about the living history experiments associated with it.

Dorchester Roman Aqueduct
From Bill Putnam and John Edwin Wood, a pictorial discussion of the excavations at Dorchester's aqueduct.

Early Medieval Tintagel
Interview with Rachel Harry and Kevin Brady about their research at Tintagel, in The Heroic Age.

Golden Ball Hill
Remainders of three Mesolithic houses, found near Avebury, an article from British Archaeology.

Hengistbury Head
Evidence for Iron Age gravel quarry in Dorset, for use as ship ballast; this site on Hengisbury Head is primarily on the geology, although some discussion on the prehistory is here as well.

Hominid Bearing Caves in the Southwest
From the University of Sheffield, a brief listing of the caves of the southwest that have recovered hominid skeletons.

Kitley Caves
Kitley caves are a series of karst caves in Devon, some with archaeological deposits to the early Neolithic. This article is about the technique of computer mapping, with a three-dimensional view of Kitley Caves, from CAPRA.

Knowlton Henge
Field survey and excavation have been conducted by Bournemouth University at the Knowlton Circles megalithic site in North Dorset.

A multimedia exploration of a Bronze Age village complex in Cornwall, from Barbara Bender, Sue Hamilton and Christopher Tilley of the Department of Anthropology and Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

Map of South West England
From Pictures of England.com, a map of the region, with some links to historical places to visit.

Purbeck Project
University of Southampton, an Iron Age and Romano-British site, on the island of Purbeck in Dorset.

The English Heritage site for Stonehenge includes information about the controversial rehabilitation of its facilities in addition to cultural and archaeological data.

Sweet Track (UK) - Oldest Footpath in the World - Sweet Track
Sweet Track is the earliest known trackway--constructed footpath--in northern Europe built in the winter or early spring of 3807 or 3806 BC.

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