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Saucer barrow on Ablington Down, 460m south west of Goat Wood

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Saucer barrow on Ablington Down, 460m south west of Goat Wood

List entry Number: 1018961

Location

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County:

District: Wiltshire

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Milston

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 11-Feb-2000

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31195

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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.

Saucer barrows are funerary monuments of the Early Bronze Age, most examples dating to between 1800 and 1200 BC. They occur either in isolation or in barrow cemeteries (closely-spaced groups of round barrows). They were constructed as a circular area of level ground defined by a bank and internal ditch and largely occupied by a single low, squat mound covering one or more burials, usually in a pit. The burials, either inhumations or cremations, are sometimes accompanied by pottery vessels, tools and personal ornaments. Saucer barrows are one of the rarest recognised forms of round barrow, with about 60 known examples nationally, most of which are in Wessex. The presence of grave goods within the barrows provides important evidence for chronological and cultural links amongst prehistoric communities over a wide area of southern England as well as providing an insight into their beliefs and social organisation. As a rare and fragile form of round barrow, all identified saucer barrows would normally be considered to be of national importance. The saucer barrow on Ablington Down, 460m south of Goat Wood, despite some cultivation erosion, is a comparatively well preserved example of its class and will contain archaeological remains providing information about Bronze Age beliefs, economy and environment.

History

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Details

The monument includes a saucer barrow situated to the south west of Goat Wood in the Bulford Ranges. The barrow, which lies on the gentle lower slope of a north east facing spur, has a low mound 0.5m high and 40m in diameter which slopes gently from the centre to the edge of the surrounding ditch. The ditch is 3m wide and beyond this is a bank 9m wide and 0.4m high. The bank is visible on the ground for its entire circuit but has been spread by cultivation and survives best on the west and east sides.

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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National Grid Reference: SU 19640 47345

Map

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