The Hatfield Earthworks are made primarily of a large, irregular-shaped henge enclosure, surrounded by a ditch and bordered in part by the River Avon. Within this lies a second Neolithic henge and a monumental mound.
Built around 2400 BC, its purpose is believed to have been ceremonial, as with nearby Silbury Hill. Subsequent excavations in 1807 show no evidence of burial, but later investigation in the late 1960s produced pottery, flint, animal bone and evidence of a round timber structure.
Part of the enclosure is under English Heritage protection, and this part of the structure remains clear. It also provides views of the Alton Barnes White Horse.
Read more about the history of the Hatfield Earthworks.
Before You Go
Access: Following The Street out of Marden village, look for the fingerpost on the left where the field can be accessed via a gate. An interpretation panel includes a diagram showing where the neolithic monuments once stood.
Facilities: Various pubs can be found in the surrounding villages.
Parking: Park on the verge opposite the field entrance.
Dogs: Livestock may be grazing in the field, so please keep dogs on leads.
Please be aware: English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.
Plan a Great Day Out
Shops, food outlets and facilities can be found a short drive away in Devizes.
Hatfield Earthworks is a short drive away from the World Heritage site of Avebury; a large complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial sites.