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Maumbury Rings, Dorchester: the excavations of 1908-1913

Bradley, Richard

Maumbury Rings, Dorchester: the excavations of 1908-1913

by Bradley, Richard

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Published by Vivian Ridler for the Society of Antiquaries of London in Oxford .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Reprint from Archaeologica, vol. 105.

StatementbyRichard Bradley.
ContributionsSociety of Antiquaries of London.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13865458M

maumbury ring By Thomas Hardy. The present month sees the last shovelful filled in, the last sod replaced, of the excavations in the well-known amphitheatre at Dorchester, which have been undertaken at the instance of the Dorset Field and Antiquarian Club* and others, for the purpose of ascertaining the history and date of the ruins. It is probable that the animal was slain on the grave of some warrior. The bit is of iron, with cheek-rings of brass. The rings are in fine preservation, but the iron is greatly corroded. Many of these latter relics have been deposited in the Dorset County Museum at Dorchester by the Rev. H. Moule. Mambury or Maumbury, Maundbury.

  Maumbury Rings has survived the depredations of time and plough, largely because it has been adopted by successive cultures and used to serve their needs. The Romans who appropriated the area and built the town of Durnovaria (Dorchester), used it as an amphitheatre for their gladiatorial games, executions and gatherings.   But go back to about years ago and Maumbury Rings was a sacred place – a Henge, one of three in and around what is now Dorchester. Stone-Age people, working only with picks made from the antlers of deer, dug a series of 45 pits – up to 36 feet deep – in a rough oval.

But perhaps the most impressive Roman memorial in Dorchester is the amphitheatre, locally known as Maumbury Rings. There used to be a good deal of heated controversy about the exact meaning of this grass-grown elliptical enclosure; but a few years ago diligent excavation showed beyond all doubt that it was the local Coliseum in Roman times. Maumbury Rings, Dorchester: Book. Apr ; Julia Guernsey; Maumbury Rings, Dorchester: the excavations of –13 The Social Foundations of Prehistoric Britain. Jan ;.


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Maumbury Rings, Dorchester: the excavations of 1908-1913 by Bradley, Richard Download PDF EPUB FB2

Maumbury Rings is a Neolithic henge in the south of Dorchester town in Dorset, England (grid reference).It is a large circular earthwork, 85 metres in diameter, with a single bank and an entrance to the north east. It was modified during the Roman period when it was adapted for use as an amphitheatre, and the site was remodelled again during the English Civil War when it was used as an Coordinates: 50°42′28″N 2°26′25″W /.

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Everyday low prices and free delivery on Author: Richard Bradley. Not so Maumbury Rings. This monument is the largest and most important structure of its kind in Britain and has survived intact simply because of its proximity to Durnovaria (Roman Dorchester) and because it has proved so useful for a range of different functions over the centuries.

The top destination for Megaliths and Prehistory worldwide. Maumbury Rings: [News and Comments:6] Excavations between and indicated this site's origin to be a Neolithic henge.

There was a wide ditch inside the circular bank, with a series of tapering shafts about 3 metres apart (suggesti. The enclosure has an internal diameter of circa 47 metres, and an external diameter of metres.

Some excavation was undertaken at the site inbut the principal excavations at the site were those undertaken by Harold St George Gray between and Maumbury Rings, just off the Weymouth Road, was originally a Neolithic Henge monument from around BC. It was the Romans who lowered the central area and built up the banks to create an amphitheatre capable of hold was used as a cannon emplacement during the Civil War, guarding the town's southern approaches.

Despite partial excavation the henge, Romano-British amphitheatre and Civil War fieldworks known collectively as Maumbury Rings survive comparatively well and are indicative of regular periods of adaptive re-use of a specific location placed within a well developed settlement and indicate in this important palimpsest the continued strategic.

Maumbury Rings, Dorchester: the excavations of –, Archaeologia (): 1 – David, A. Geophysics survey for the Dorchester by-pass. Only four days later on March 21st Mary Channing’s time had come. From the prison she was brought to her place of execution at Maumbury Rings on the outskirts of Dorchester, where a crowd of over three thousand had gathered for the macabre ordeal.

Burning at the stake was the customary execution for women until the end of the 18th century. Excavations in and failed to locate it, and Moule speculated that it had been moved to Stinsford Cross. However, his own description of the bull-baiting stone as being ‘large, with a chain attached’, certainly does not fit the Stinsford Cross stone.

(See The Times, Jan. 8th, ) Dorset. — Maumbury Ring, Dorchester. — Excavations were carried out here in September,by a committee of the British Archaeological Association and the Dorset Field Club, the work being under the superintendence of Mr.

George Gray. Dorchester (/ ˈ d ɔːr tʃ ɛ s t ər / DOR-ches-tər) is the county town of Dorset, is situated between Poole and Bridport on the A35 trunk route. A historic market town, Dorchester is on the banks of the River Frome to the south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway that separates the area from Weymouth, 7 miles (11 km) to the south.

- Trial Excavations in West Walks. Dorchester, - Two Radiocarbon dates for Wor Barrow, - Sample Excavation on the Dorset Cursus,- Some New Information on the Henge Monument at Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, Bradley, Richard, Revised Radiocarbon Dates for Wor Barrow and Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, and the triple henge at Knawlton Rings.

The latter must have been both an important and imposing site in its heyday which must have come close to rivalling the better known Avebury and Stonehenge in importance* EXCAVATION OF RING DITCH AT WYKE DOWN, GUSSAGE ST. MICHAEL-(Interim Report) by Martin T Green This ring ditch is visible on.

9. Maumbury Rings. Maumbury Rings is a Neolithic henge which has been standing since long before the Roman’s came and founded the town they called Durnovaria (Dorchester). Two and a half thousand years after its original construction.

Description. A collection of copied photographs relating to excavations at Maiden Castle by the Society of Antiquaries from to A number of the photographs were used in the collection were used in the report but many remain unpublished.

While researching, I found that from the archaeologist Harold St George Gray excavated the rings. He sank about 45 shafts, up to 36 feet deep, into the chalk. This probably explains the structure visible on the right of this photograph.

Photograph taken at Maumbury Rings, Dorchester. The excavation of a Beaker settlement at Belle Tout, East Sussex, England by Bradley, Maumbury Rings, Dorchester: the excavations of by Bradley, Richard.

First published in 1 edition. Download for print-disabled 1 2 Next > Subjects Antiquities, Accessible book, Protected DAISY, Neolithic period. The excavation revealed how the Roman town walls had developed from earlier earthen banks and ditches, and confirmed the alignment of a previously suspected SW-NW road, which was probably the earliest route into the Roman town, as it connects with the road (now Weymouth Avenue) that runs past Maumbury Rings, the Neolithic henge monument.

Aside from these most recent excavations the site has been excavated three times before: by J.S.P. Bradford and R.G.

Goodchild in the s (Bradford & Goodchild ), by D.W. Harding in the.Historically, it’s been a place of public meetings (and public executions), and an English Civil War gun emplacement. Before that it was a Roman amphitheatre. But go back to about years ago and Maumbury Rings was a sacred place - a Henge, one of three in and around what is now Dorchester.

Stone-Age people, working only with picks made.Maumbury Rings, Dorchester. The excavations of Author Reviews of books on archaeology. Author Revised radiocarbon dates for Wor Barrow and Maumbury Rings. Author Ritual, time and history. Author.