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Paul Ashbee

M.A., D.LITT., F.S.A., F.R.S.A.I.

Paul Ashbee grew up between the wars in Bearsted, Kent. After war service, studied at University of London Institute of Archaeology with V. G. Childe and Mortimer Wheeler. Excavated prehistoric sites, mostly long and round barrows, for the then Ministry of Works, plus a long-term settlement excavation on the Isles of Scilly.

Co-Director of 1964-72 work at Sutton Hoo, with R. L. S. Bruce-Mitford. One-time Council Member of the Prehistoric Society. Founder Member of the British Association Committee for Archaeological Field Experiment (Experiment Earthworks).

One-time Secretary of the Neolithic and Bronze Age Committee of CBA. Member of the RCHME,

1975-85. President of Cornwall Archaeological Society,
1976-80. First Archaeologist on staff of new
University of East Anglia,
1968-83. Numerous papers, articles and reviews in archaeological literature,
1950 to present. Major published works: The Bronze Age Round Barrows in
1960; The Earthen Long Barrow,
1970 (2nd edn 1984); Ancient Scilly,
1974; Contribution to Sutton Hoo Vol. I,
1976; The Ancient British, 1978; Wilsford Shaft,
1989; Halangy Down, Isles of Scilly, 

2000. Papers in Archaeologia Cantiana on the Medway’s megalithic long barrows based upon detailed war-time fieldwork supplemented by visits

Title: Great Tottington's Sarson Stones
Abstract: Tottington’s spread of substantial sarsen stones were noticed late in the eighteenth century and were subjected to antiquarian speculation. More objective observations were made during the nineteenth century. The stones have been seen as ruined megalithic circles and chambers. Large stones in the western spring-head are probably from the Coffin Stone’s long barrow.

The intake of stones for an abortive stone-splitting and working industry, as establiashed in North Wiltshsire, seems likely.
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