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Robin Hood's Ball, causewayed enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Shrewton, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2128 / 51°12'45"N

Longitude: -1.855 / 1°51'18"W

OS Eastings: 410220.92784

OS Northings: 145960.033665

OS Grid: SU102459

Mapcode National: GBR 3Y2.ZRY

Mapcode Global: VHB53.SSP5

Entry Name: Robin Hood's Ball, causewayed enclosure

Scheduled Date: 29 July 1965

Last Amended: 31 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009593

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10120

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 double ditched causewayed enclosure. It is irregular in plan with an inner
area of c.75h acres. There is a rifle butt built into the south-west corner.
Neolithic pottery has been found and excavation of the ditches took place in
the 1950's.

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.

Causewayed enclosures represent a major category of site during the
neolithic, fulfilling a range of settlement and ceremonial functions.
Causewayed enclosures are rare nationally and would normally be
considered worthy of protection. Only a single example, Robin Hood's
Ball, is recorded in the Salisbury Plain Training Area. The monument
forms the focus of a series of prehistoric funerary monuments all of
which are considered to be nationally important in their own right.

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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