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Four of a group of round barrows on Silk Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Milston, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.222 / 51°13'19"N

Longitude: -1.7276 / 1°43'39"W

OS Eastings: 419118.553156

OS Northings: 147012.305344

OS Grid: SU191470

Mapcode National: GBR 4ZL.81T

Mapcode Global: VHC2N.0KJ2

Entry Name: Four of a group of round barrows on Silk Hill

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1966

Last Amended: 1 February 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009473

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10149

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Milston

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Milston with Brigmerston St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The four barrows within this constraint area are false crested along the
northern side of Silk Hill's summit. They are exceptionally well preserved.
1 - A ditched bowl barrow, with an overall diameter of c.17m. It is overlain
by two disc barrows. (SU19174702)
2 - A probable disc barrow with central platform, ditch and outer bank. Only
the east and south parts are prominent but the original dimensions suggest an
overall diameter of c.43m. (SU19074703)
3 - A disc barrow with an indiscernable mound. It overlies a smaller bowl
barrow to the east. (SU19134703)
4 - A disc barrow with overall diameter c.38m. This barrow overlies a small
bowl barrow to the west. (SU19194702)

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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.

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

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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