A County Council archaeologist has found that an unusual ‘figure of eight’ shaped burial mound at Pashley Down is 1,000 years older than anyone realised. Rather than a Bronze Age double barrow, as previously thought, it is probably a much rarer Neolithic oval burial mound.
They also used their specialist knowledge and hi-tech equipment to investigate rumours that there was once a windmill at Willingdon Hill. They have been able to confirm this by revealing that the windmill’s imprint and remains are unmistakably there.
Both sites are Scheduled Ancient Monuments and so permission was sought from English Heritage for the investigations. Rather than risk damage to the sites by digging into the ground, the earthworks were surveyed and the geophysics of the sites investigated by sending an electric pulse into the ground.