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Snail Down barrow cemetery and associated monuments.

A Scheduled Monument in Collingbourne Ducis, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2665 / 51°15'59"N

Longitude: -1.6898 / 1°41'23"W

OS Eastings: 421738.338593

OS Northings: 151969.098191

OS Grid: SU217519

Mapcode National: GBR 4Z1.KLC

Mapcode Global: VHC2G.NFJG

Entry Name: Snail Down barrow cemetery and associated monuments.

Scheduled Date: 10 March 1925

Last Amended: 15 February 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009351

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10063

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Collingbourne Ducis

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire


An extensive group of round barrows of varying size and form. Excavation
evidence of secondary burials and settlements suggests the area of importance
extends beyond the visible barrows. Linear features and a field system are
also evident in the area. An area within the barrow cemetery which has been
cultivated previously is excluded from the scheduled area.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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.
Some 470 round barrows, funerary monuments dating to the late Neolithic
and early Bronze Age, are known to have existed in the Salisbury Plain
Training Area, many grouped together as cemeteries. The total includes
some 70 barrows of rare types. Such is the quality of the survival of
the archaeological landscape, over 300 of these barrows have been
identified as nationally important.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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