Part of the linear boundary known as the Wansdyke 585m north of Tuckingmill Farm

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007004

Date first listed: 03-Oct-1977

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Map

Ordnance survey map of Part of the linear boundary known as the Wansdyke 585m north of Tuckingmill Farm
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Location

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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Bath and North East Somerset (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Compton Dando

National Grid Reference: ST 65393 64400, ST 65617 64298, ST 66299 64130, ST6507064591

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

Linear boundaries are substantial earthwork features comprising single or multiple ditches and banks which may extend over distances varying from less than 1km to over 10km. They survive as earthworks or as linear features visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs or as a combination of both. The evidence of excavation and study of associated monuments demonstrate that their construction spans the millennium from the Middle Bronze Age, although they may have been reused later. The scale of many linear boundaries has been taken to indicate that they were constructed by large social groups and were used to mark important boundaries in the landscape; their impressive scale displaying the corporate prestige of their builders. They would have been powerful symbols, often with religious associations, used to define and order the territorial holdings of those groups who constructed them. Linear earthworks are of considerable importance for the analysis of settlement and land use in the Bronze Age. Despite some reduction in its height through cultivation, the part of the linear boundary known as the Wansdyke 585m north of Tuckingmill Farm survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, adaptive re-use, military and territorial significance and overall landscape context.

History

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Details

The monument, which falls into four separate areas of protection, includes part of the linear boundary (prehistoric) known as the Wansdyke, situated on a ridge overlooking the valleys of the River Chew and Bathford Brook. The linear boundary survives as an earthwork throughout this section with parts of the central bank and at least one of the ditches visible, although geophysical surveys of much of the Wansdyke have shown ditches survive on both sides of the bank. Where they are not visible, they are preserved as entirely buried features. The linear boundary is known to be prehistoric in origin and was modified during the early medieval period when it was used as a military frontier and boundary work between Wessex and Mercia which was in place by the 9th century. Its name is derived from 'Woden's Dyke', Woden being the Anglo-Saxon god who also gave his name to Wednesday. Other sections of the Wansdyke are the subject of separate schedulings.

Sources: PastScape 1066087

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: BA 94

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

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