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Field system on Chitterne Down

A Scheduled Monument in Shrewton, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1985 / 51°11'54"N

Longitude: -1.9545 / 1°57'16"W

OS Eastings: 403274.55065

OS Northings: 144363.929559

OS Grid: SU032443

Mapcode National: GBR 3Y4.YF0

Mapcode Global: VHB58.24LK

Entry Name: Field system on Chitterne Down

Scheduled Date: 6 March 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009462

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10229

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Shrewton

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Salisbury Plain

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


A well preserved celtic field system, in undisturbed downland. The banks and
terraces average 0.4m high.

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.
Well preserved prehistoric field systems are rare nationally. They provide
important evidence of a carefully planned reorganisation of landscape and
definition of landholdings. The examples in the Salisbury Plain Training Area
are some of the best surviving nationally, and their articulation with other
contemporary archaeological features, such as land boundaries and enclosures,
makes them worthy of scheduling.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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