Boundary earthwork across the Bulford Ranges

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009503

Date first listed: 06-Feb-1990

Map

Ordnance survey map of Boundary earthwork across the Bulford Ranges
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Location

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

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Bulford

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Cholderton

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Milston

National Grid Reference: SU 20856 44339, SU 20930 45654

Summary

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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.

Boundary earthworks which include linear earthworks, so called ranch boundaries, dykes and cross ridge dykes are particularly well preserved in the Salisbury Plain Training Area. They provide important evidence of prehistoric landholdings, land reorganisation and changing agricultural practices through time.

History

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Details

A late bronze age boundary ditch c.4-5m wide at ground level with a flanking bank (or banks), c.3-6m wide. Maximum overall width c.12m. A section cut at SU20674506 showed it to have a "V" shaped profile. This is one of an extensive system of earthworks.

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

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 10176

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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

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