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Very Worthy

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Hidden : 4/26/2006
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: other (other)

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The Very Worthy cache is placed in the formerly extant remains of Celtic Fields at SU 456354 (Worhty Down) which has since been destroyed by ploughing. There are vestiges of banks and ditches in Worthy Grove (centred SU 456352) but these are most probably remains of a military camp, and any possible Celtic field remains are so overlain by military works as to render them unrecognisable.

This is a micro cache but not a 35mm pot. The container is a pot of about 1.5 inches in diameter and approx 4 inches long, colour is black with a green top. It is fairly well camouflaged! The pot contains a log book and pen only. Once found this cache needs to be replaced with care and accuracy! No furhter clues for this one :) We hope you find this cache very worthy for both the area and type of cache.

Parking is recommend at : SU 46010 35683 near South Wonston where there is an area to park before going over the A34 bridge onto the down itself.

The cache is located at : SU 45616 35306 / N 51°06.914, W 001°20.982

FIELD SYSTEM HISTORY

Celtic fields are a popular name for the traces of early agricultural field systems found in the British Isles. These were given the name 'Celtic fields' by archaeologists many years ago, but are now thought to have been originally made in the Bronze Age and adopted by Iron Age farmers who found their shape and size suitable for their own type of simple plough. This had neither coulter nor mould-board and could only break up a surface roughly. The field was first ploughed in one direction and then again at right angles to achieve a good tilth for sowing. Small rectangular fields suited this form of cross-ploughing best. They are sometimes preserved in areas were industrial farming has not been adopted and can date from any time between the Early Bronze Age (c. 1800 BC) until the early medieval period.

They are characterised by their proximity to other ancient features such as enclosures, hollow ways and farmsteads and there can still be seen the outlines of small groups of fields enclosed with low banks and averaging about an acre in area, giving a distinctive ‘patchwork’ pattern. They are rarely more than 2000m² in area although some larger examples do exist. Their small size implies that they were cultivated by individual families.

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