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Middlehill settlement and associated cultivation earthworks.

A Scheduled Monument in Norton Bavant, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2026 / 51°12'9"N

Longitude: -2.1313 / 2°7'52"W

OS Eastings: 390922.546354

OS Northings: 144828.409333

OS Grid: ST909448

Mapcode National: GBR 1V8.FZG

Mapcode Global: VH97Q.01MF

Entry Name: Middlehill settlement and associated cultivation earthworks.

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1965

Last Amended: 4 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009795

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10087

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Norton Bavant

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Norton Bavant All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

The constraint area includes the site of a deserted medieval village in the
south and associated cultivation earthworks to the north.
1 - Six strip lynchets on the east side of Middlehill. Although damaged by
ploughing they have a maximum height 2.2m.
2 - The site of a deserted medieval village. Although mutilated in some places
by digging the earthworks are c.1.5m high and in very good condition.
3 - An area of strip lynchets up to 3m in height on the northern slope of
Middlehill. They cover an area of c.3ha.

MAP EXTRACT
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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.

Downland Medieval villages surviving as well-preserved earthworks are
rare nationally due to the destructive effects of later cultivation.
The importance of the Middlehill monument is considerably enhanced by
its association with contemporary cultivation earthworks. These
earthworks provide distinctive traces of medieval and earlier
agricultural actvities in Downland areas, and indicate the degree of
intensity of land use and farming practices through time.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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