Four of a group of round barrows on Silk Hill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009473

Date first listed: 16-Mar-1966

Date of most recent amendment: 01-Feb-1990


Ordnance survey map of Four of a group of round barrows on Silk Hill
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Milston

National Grid Reference: SU 19118 47014


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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.


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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)

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Legacy System number: 10149

Legacy System: RSM


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

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