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Basic information Name: Danebury
     This is an OFFICIAL meteorite name.
Abbreviation: There is no official abbreviation for this meteorite.
Observed fall: No
Year found: 1974
Country: United Kingdom
Mass:help 30 g
Meteoritical Bulletin:  MB 70  (1991)  H6
NHM Catalogue:  5th Edition  (2000)  H6
MetBase:  v. 7.1  (2006)  H6
Recommended:  H5    [explanation]

This is 1 of 11764 approved meteorites (plus 23 unapproved names) classified as H5.   [show all]
Search for other: H chondrites, H chondrites (type 4-7), Ordinary chondrites, and Ordinary chondrites (type 4-7)
Comments: Revised 26 Oct 2019: reclassified as type 5
Writeup from MB 70:
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Hampshire, England

Found 1974, recognized 1989

Stone. Ordinary chondrite (H6)

A single mass of 30 g with weathered surface and no fusion crust was found by archaeologists excavating a site occupied from 800 B.C. to 50 B.C., located on a hill 9 km SSW of Andover. The Iron Age occupants had dug thousands of pits on the site. Many pits are about 1.5 m in depth and diameter and the meteorite came from the fill about halfway down one of them. Routine work in 1989 revealed that the stone has mafic minerals and Ni-bearing metal, which Chris Salter (Oxford University, Departments of Archaeology and Materials Science) interpreted as meteoritic. Classification, analysis, olivine Fa18; merrilite present; R. Hutchison, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, UK. This is the first British meteorite `find.' Main mass and thin section at Oxford University.

Writeup from MB 108:
Danebury, reclassification

Danebury was found to be a type 5 chondrite by Pillinger et al. (2014).
  • Pillinger C.T., Pillinger J.M., Johnson D., Greenwood R.C., Tindle A.G., Jull A.J.T., Allen D.H., and Cunliff B. (2014) The Danebury Iron Age meteorite—An H5 ordinary chondrite "find" from Hampshire, England. Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 49, 946-957. (link)
References: Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 70, Meteoritics 26, 68-69 (1991)
Published in Meteoritical Bulletin, no. 108 (2020) Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 55, 1146-1150
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United Kingdom
     Catalogue of Meteorites:   (51° 8' 20"N, 1° 32' 10"W)
     Recommended::   (51° 8' 20"N, 1° 32' 10"W)

     This is 1 of 15 approved meteorites from England, United Kingdom (plus 13 unapproved names)
     This is 1 of 23 approved meteorites from United Kingdom (plus 23 unapproved names)
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