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A group of round barrows south-east of The Wig

A Scheduled Monument in Milston, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2261 / 51°13'33"N

Longitude: -1.7279 / 1°43'40"W

OS Eastings: 419096.28133

OS Northings: 147467.805662

OS Grid: SU190474

Mapcode National: GBR 4ZL.1YZ

Mapcode Global: VHC2N.0FCY

Entry Name: A group of round barrows south-east of The Wig

Scheduled Date: 29 July 1965

Last Amended: 6 February 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009628

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10158

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Milston

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Figheldean St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

A nucleated group of seven small bowl barrows within an area of light
woodland. Partial excavation produced both primary and secondary inhumations
and cremations.
1 - A bowl barrow with a mound c.24m in diameter and a ditch c.1.5m wide. The
overall diameter is c.27m. (SU19044743)
2 - A bowl barrow with signs of a ditch, c.22m overall diameter. Partial
excavation in the 19th century revealed a cremation but no objects.
(SU19104745)
3 - A bowl barrow with a mound 18m in diameter and a ditch 2m wide. The
overall diameter is 22m. Partial excavation in the 19th century revealed a
primary extended inhumation, a small pot and dagger and secondary inhumation.
(SU19164748)
4 - A ditched bowl barrow, c.17m overall diameter. The top is hollowed,
possibly due to excavation. The only traces of the ditch are in the east.
(SU19094744)
5 - A small barrow c.8m diameter. Partial excavation in the 19th century
revealed cremated remains. This barrow is not shown by the Ordnance Survey.
(SU19044746)
6 - A small barrow c.12m diameter. Partial excavation in the 19th century
revealed cremated remains. This barrow is not shown by the Ordnance Survey.
(SU19054748)
7 - A small barrow c.8m diameter. Partial excavation in the 19th century
revealed cremated remains. This barrow is not shown by the Ordnance Survey.
(SU19094749)

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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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