Boundary feature, western section of Long Ditch across Wilsford Down


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010262

Date first listed: 10-Jan-1990


Ordnance survey map of Boundary feature, western section of Long Ditch across Wilsford Down
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Chirton

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Marden

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Wilsford

National Grid Reference: SU 07695 53727


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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.


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A 1,391m section of the boundary feature known as Long Ditch. The Long Ditch is c.3.5 miles long in total. This section makes a slight change of direction at SU07685374, the site of a possible barrow. To the east of this point the Long Ditch averages c.18m wide. To the west it changes structure and averages c.12m wide.

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: 10029

Legacy System: RSM


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

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