Three round barrows in Brigmerston Firs


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009663

Date first listed: 29-Jul-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Feb-1990


Ordnance survey map of Three round barrows in Brigmerston Firs
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Figheldean

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Milston

National Grid Reference: SU 20226 47652


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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 scheduled area includes a large disc barrow with two smaller, flanking bowl barrows. 1 - A bowl barrow with the remains of a ditch on the northern side, overall diameter 26m. Partial excavation in the 19th century was unproductive. (SU20194765) 2 - Oval in shape and covered in vegetation, this barrow may be two confluent barrows, c.25m north-west/south-east by 18m. Partial excavation in the 19th century revealed a primary cremation in a cist and three secondary cremations in urns. (SU20264762) 3 - A disc barrow with an overall diameter of 46m. The central tump is low and oval and the bank missing in the east and north-west. Partial excavation in the 19th century revealed a primary, crouched inhumation with a vessel in a cist. (SU20224765)

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Legacy System number: 10180

Legacy System: RSM


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

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