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Middlehill settlement and associated cultivation earthworks.

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Middlehill settlement and associated cultivation earthworks.

List entry Number: 1009795


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


District: Wiltshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Bishopstrow


District: Wiltshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Norton Bavant

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 27-Jan-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Jan-1990

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10087

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.

Downland Medieval villages surviving as well-preserved earthworks are rare nationally due to the destructive effects of later cultivation. The importance of the Middlehill monument is considerably enhanced by its association with contemporary cultivation earthworks. These earthworks provide distinctive traces of medieval and earlier agricultural actvities in Downland areas, and indicate the degree of intensity of land use and farming practices through time.


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The constraint area includes the site of a deserted medieval village in the south and associated cultivation earthworks to the north. 1 - Six strip lynchets on the east side of Middlehill. Although damaged by ploughing they have a maximum height 2.2m. 2 - The site of a deserted medieval village. Although mutilated in some places by digging the earthworks are c.1.5m high and in very good condition. 3 - An area of strip lynchets up to 3m in height on the northern slope of Middlehill. They cover an area of c.3ha.

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

Selected Sources

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

National Grid Reference: ST 90911 44714, ST 90969 45159


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