Boundary earthworks on Wilsford Down

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010177

Date first listed: 08-Jan-1990

Map

Ordnance survey map of Boundary earthworks on Wilsford Down
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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: Wilsford

National Grid Reference: SU 08812 53761

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 series of linear earthworks on Wilsford Down. The monument includes : - 1 - a well defined ditch and bank with an overall width of 16m. The main earthwork is joined from the south by another ditch c.12m wide and at its eastern end it meets another ditch and bank running north-south. 2 - A boundary earthwork surviving as a bank and ditch with a maximum overall width of c.12m. To the north of the scheduled area the feature is visible as a cropmark.

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: 10033

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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

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