When the Channel Tunnel Rail link was built the Guardians fought hard to save the White Horse Stone. We succeeded in the main, but the landscape has still been badly scarred by the CTR line and tremendous noise of the high speed trains which pass by close to the WHS. Prior to the rail link being built archaeological work was carried out on the field adjacent to the WHS. At the time the Guardians attempted to gain some information as to what if anything the archaeologists had found. We hit a proverbial wall and could gain no information at all, even a member who is himself a qualified and well connected archaeologist could not obtain any information. We can only guess that those that held the purse strings had enforced an information black out. We can only wonder why!!!
The first real information came to light, not from a publicly released report as you might expect when archaeology of national importance comes to light, no, it only came to light in an archaeologicial magazine called “Current Archaeology”. This popular magazine (amongst those with an interest in archaeology) carried an extensive report from a number of sites along the Channel Tunnel Rail Line. Until that article we had been kept in the dark as to the nature of the archaeology found at the White Horse Stone site. I recently discovered a very interesting paper on the internet by Chris Hayden of Oxford Archaeology. It can be a little heavy going in places, but does provide us with clear evidence that the area immediately adjacent to the White Horse Stone was a very important site. I have attached a copy of the report for those that are interested in ready just what heritage was destroyed by the Channel Tunnel Rail line.