Field system on West Lavington Down
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1009976
Date first listed: 22-Jan-1990
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish: West Lavington
National Grid Reference: ST 99776 48984
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. Well preserved prehistoric field systems are rare nationally. They provide important evidence of a carefully planned reorganisation of landscape and definition of landholdings. The examples in the Salisbury Plain Training Area are some of the best surviving nationally, and their articulation with other contemporary archaeological features, such as land boundaries and enclosures, makes them worthy of scheduling.
A field system to the north of Chapperton Down. The system is of an unusual
type and possibly contains a settlement.
MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 10107
Legacy System: RSM
Trust for Wessex Archaeology, (1987)
Wiltshire Library & Museum Service, (1987)
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.
End of official listing