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A group of nine round barrows on Milston Down

A Scheduled Monument in Bulford, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2131 / 51°12'47"N

Longitude: -1.7093 / 1°42'33"W

OS Eastings: 420397.72538

OS Northings: 146030.964827

OS Grid: SU203460

Mapcode National: GBR 4ZM.ST3

Mapcode Global: VHC2N.BR6W

Entry Name: A group of nine round barrows on Milston Down

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1966

Last Amended: 6 February 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009822

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10177

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Bulford

Built-Up Area: Bulford Camp

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Milston with Brigmerston St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


A group of nine barrows on Milston Down. Seven are bowl barrows and two pond
barrows. There is no record of excavation but there is some damage due to
trees, scrub and the military.
1 - A ditched bowl barrow c.38m overall diameter. The ditch is only a slight
depression and there are remains of a concrete structure on the top.
2 - A bowl barrow c.19m overall diameter. (SU20344595)
3 - A ditched bowl barrow or possibly originally a narrow bermed bell barrow.
The overall diameter is c.40m, but the ditch on the north-west has been
destroyed by a track. (SU20404594)
4 - A bowl barrow c.25m overall diameter. (SU20364601)
5 - A ditched bowl barrow c.31m overall diameter. (SU20344606)
6 - A ditched bowl barrow, now oval in shape with a maximum diameter of c.46m.
7 - A bowl barrow 24m overall diameter. (SU20464606)
8 - A pond barrow overall diameter c.33m. The ditch on the south side has been
partially destroyed. (SU20504607)
9 - A pond barrow with overall diameter c.30m. (SU20434597)

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. 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

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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