Boles barrow is sited on a windswept ridge of Salisbury Plain overlooking hillforts, barrows and vast tracts of open land. It has been shelled, driven over, excavated three times, and been home to badgers but still retains mystery. Was it the resting place of combat victims? Is it a crucial piece in the Stonehenge bluestone conundrum? And why is the war poet Siegfried Sassoon connected with it? New fieldwork at this site has aimed to examine some of these questions whilst aiming to preserve this monument for future generations.
Richard Osgood MBE is a Senior Archaeologist for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and has worked extensively on Salisbury Plain. This includes Operation Nightingale – an initiative to assist the recovery of wounded, injured and sick military personnel and veterans by getting them involved in archaeology.
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