Windmill Hill

Winterbourne Monkton, Wilts


NGRef: SU087714
OSMap: LR173
Sitetype: Nce

This camp is the largest of its kind, and gave its name to the earliest Neilithic culture in England. It consists of three irregular, concentric circles of ditches, broken by a number of causeways, the outer circle being 360m in diameter. Radiocarbon dating places the earliest occupation of the hill in 2960BC, before the advent of the earthworks, which were dug in 2580BC and continued in use until 1540BC. There was also some Bronze-age activity, with the building of a bell barrow between the inner and middle ditches, while others lie just outside the site to the E.