Cross dyke on Woolavington Down, 625m east of Tegleaze Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015964

Date first listed: 10-May-1963

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Aug-1997


Ordnance survey map of Cross dyke on Woolavington Down, 625m east of Tegleaze Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: West Sussex

District: Chichester (District Authority)

Parish: East Lavington

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: SU 93906 15588


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Reasons for Designation

Cross dykes are substantial linear earthworks typically between 0.2km and 1km long and comprising one or more ditches arranged beside and parallel to one or more banks. They generally occur in upland situations, running across ridges and spurs. They are recognised as earthworks or as cropmarks on aerial photographs, or as combinations of both. The evidence of excavation and analogy with associated monuments demonstrates that their construction spans the millennium from the Middle Bronze Age, although they may have been re-used later. Current information favours the view that they were used as territorial boundary markers, probably demarcating land allotment within communities, although they may also have been used as trackways, cattle droveways or defensive earthworks. Cross dykes are one of the few monument types which illustrate how land was divided up in the prehistoric period. They are of considerable importance for any analysis of settlement and land use in the Bronze Age. Very few have survived to the present day and hence all well- preserved examples are considered to be of national importance.

The cross dyke on Woolavington Down 625m east of Tegleaze Farm survives well, despite some subsequent disturbance, and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to its construction and original purpose. The cross dyke forms part of a group of linear earthworks and round barrows which cluster along this part of the downland ridge. These monuments are broadly contemporary and their close association will provide evidence for the relationship between land division and funerary practices during the later prehistoric period.


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The monument includes a north east-south west aligned cross dyke constructed across a chalk ridge which forms part of the Sussex Downs. The 778m long cross dyke has a ditch up to approximately 8m wide and 0.4m deep, flanked to the north west by a bank up to about 6m wide and 0.8m high. Seven short sections of the earthworks have been levelled by modern tracks, and modern ploughing has disturbed an approximately 140m long stretch of the ditch near the centre of the monument. The ditch will survive in these sections as a below ground archaeological feature. The earthworks gradually fade out at either end of the monument as the ground slopes away. The modern fences which cross the monument are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath them is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


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Legacy System number: 29290

Legacy System: RSM

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