Linear earthwork on Knook Down

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010665

Date first listed: 06-Jan-1971

Date of most recent amendment: 06-Mar-1990

Map

Ordnance survey map of Linear earthwork on Knook 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: Heytesbury

District: Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Knook

National Grid Reference: ST 94912 44894, ST 95707 44017

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 bank and ditch running north-west/south-east across Knook Down. It can be traced for its whole length although a central portion has been ploughed. The ditch is up to 4m wide, the bank varies from 2m wide to non-existent. The south-eastern section is in the vicinity of "Knook Camp".

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: 10224

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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

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