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Blick Mead: Exploring the 'first place' in the Stonehenge landscape

Archaeological excavations at Blick Mead, Amesbury, Wiltshire 2005–2016


David Jacques, Tom Phillips and Tom Lyons

Edited By David Jacques

The Stonehenge landscape is one of the most famous prehistoric places in the world, but much about its origins remains a mystery and little attention has been paid to what preceded, and thus may have influenced, its later ritual character. Now, the discovery of a uniquely long-lived Mesolithic occupation site at Blick Mead, just 2km from Stonehenge, with a detailed radio carbon date sequence ranging from the 8th to the late 5th millennium BC, is set to transform this situation.  

This book charts the story of the Blick Mead excavations, from the project’s local community-based origins to a multi-university research project using the latest cutting-edge technology to address important new questions about the origins of the Stonehenge landscape. Led by the University of Buckingham, the project continues to retain the community of Amesbury at its heart. The investigations are ongoing but due to the immense interest in, and significance of the site, this publication seeks to present the details of and thoughts on the findings to date.

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Figure 1.1 General site location: Blick Mead in its wider landscape setting

Figure 1.2 Vespasian’s Camp and Blick Mead, featuring sites where there have been interventions and excavations

Figure 1.3 Blick Mead Trench Location Plan, showing location of trenches mentioned in text

Figure 1.4 The natural geology in the vicinity of Blick Mead

Figure 1.5 Flitcroft Survey of Little Southam Field, Wall’s Field (and Vespasian’s Camp) and Woolson Hill, Amesbury, 1726

Figure 1.6 Charles Bridgeman’s plans for landscaping Vespasian’s Camp and Amesbury Abbey, c. 1738

Figure 1.7 Dury and Andrews’ map of Amesbury parish, 1773

Figure 1.8 Antrobus Estate survey of Amesbury Abbey lands, 1824

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