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Four of a group of round barrows on Silk Hill

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Four of a group of round barrows on Silk Hill

List entry Number: 1009473

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Wiltshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Milston

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 16-Mar-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 01-Feb-1990

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10149

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

The most complete and extensive survival of chalk downland archaeological remains in central southern England occurs on Salisbury Plain, particularly in those areas lying within the Salisbury Plain Training Area. These remains represent one of the few extant archaeological "landscapes" in Britain and are considered to be of special significance because they differ in character from those in other areas with comparable levels of preservation. Individual sites on Salisbury Plain are seen as being additionally important because the evidence of their direct association with each other survives so well.

Some 470 round barrows, funerary monuments dating to the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age, are known to have existed in the Salisbury Plain Training Area, many grouped together as cemeteries. The total includes some 70 barrows of rare types. Such is the quality of the survival of the archaeological landscape, over 300 of these barrows have been identified as nationally important.

History

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Details

The four barrows within this constraint area are false crested along the northern side of Silk Hill's summit. They are exceptionally well preserved. 1 - A ditched bowl barrow, with an overall diameter of c.17m. It is overlain by two disc barrows. (SU19174702) 2 - A probable disc barrow with central platform, ditch and outer bank. Only the east and south parts are prominent but the original dimensions suggest an overall diameter of c.43m. (SU19074703) 3 - A disc barrow with an indiscernable mound. It overlies a smaller bowl barrow to the east. (SU19134703) 4 - A disc barrow with overall diameter c.38m. This barrow overlies a small bowl barrow to the west. (SU19194702)

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Selected Sources

Other
Trust for Wessex Archaeology, (1987)
Wiltshire Library & Museum Service, (1987)

National Grid Reference: SU 19118 47014

Map

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