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In an issue of the Hampshire Telegraph on September 6, 1816, there is a report of a tumulus or barrow being broken into on Portsdown Hill close to the ‘Naval Semaphore Telegraph’ above what is now Farlington.

The barrow ran east to west, was 100ft long, 20ft wide and six feet high.

Graves were found about three feet apart and inside were 10 skeletons, all with their heads facing west.

It appeared they had been slain in battle because one of them had an iron pike embedded in his skull about three inches deep.