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Enclosure on Maddington Down

A Scheduled Monument in Shrewton, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.1872 / 51°11'14"N

Longitude: -1.9469 / 1°56'48"W

OS Eastings: 403806.964132

OS Northings: 143114.553672

OS Grid: SU038431

Mapcode National: GBR 3YC.DM8

Mapcode Global: VHB58.6FM6

Entry Name: Enclosure on Maddington Down

Scheduled Date: 6 March 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009442

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10230

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Shrewton

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Salisbury Plain

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

A roughly circular enclosure c.150m diameter, surrounded by a bank c.6m wide.
There is an entrance in the south-east. The feature is damaged by military
digging in the centre and a track which cuts through it.

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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.
Enclosures provide important evidence of land use and agricultural practices
in the prehistoric/Romano-British period. The enclosures in the Salisbury
Plain Training Area belong to one of the most important and best preserved
fossil landscapes in southern Britain. The presence of these remains and their
relationship with extensive field systems and settlement complexes, are of
critical importance to understanding the character and development of Downland
agriculture.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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