All Saints' Church, Turkdean
Turkdean was recorded as Turcandene in the 8th century and was listed as Turchedene or Turghedene in the Domesday Book of 1086.The name derives from the Old English for "valley (denu) of a river called Turce", with Turce or Twrch being a lost British-language river name, possibly meaning boar.
Turkdean sits amongst the beauteous Cotswold Hills. It is approximately twenty miles east of Gloucester and thirteen miles east of Cheltenham. The fames Cotswold village Bourton-on-the-Water is five miles to the north-east. The southeastern boundary follows the route of the Roman road the Fosse Way. Nearby villages include Cold Aston, Hazleton, Clapton, Farmington and Hampnett.
In popular culture
In the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford's character, archaeologist Indiana Jones, mentions the Neolithic barrow at Turkdean, near Hazleton, during a university lecture. There are two Neolithic long barrows at Hazleton, one of which was excavated over three summer seasons between 1980-1982.
The Channel 4 archaeological television series Time Team made two visits, in 1997 to excavate a nearby Roman villa site.
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- A History of the County of Gloucester - Volume 9 pp217-233: Parishes: Turkdean (Victoria County History)
- "Indiana Jones: The Gloucestershire Connection". BBC. 20 May 2008. http://www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire/content/articles/2008/05/20/gloucs_archaeology_feature.shtml. Retrieved 6 July 2009.