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West Hill long barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Heytesbury, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.1968 / 51°11'48"N

Longitude: -2.1088 / 2°6'31"W

OS Eastings: 392493.513411

OS Northings: 144185.611711

OS Grid: ST924441

Mapcode National: GBR 2WM.TZC

Mapcode Global: VH97Q.D5JV

Entry Name: West Hill long barrow

Scheduled Date: 16 March 1966

Last Amended: 8 March 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009882

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10283

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Heytesbury

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Heytesbury with Tytherington and Knook St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


The monument includes a long barrow orientated north- south in arable
land some 500m west of West Hill. It survives as a mound spread by
ploughing c.45m long and c.25m wide, and flanked by broad shallow
depressions marking the location of the side ditches. The central area
of the mound is not cultivated at present and survives to a height of
c.0.5m. Disturbances within the mound have revealed fragments of human

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

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.
Twenty-eight Neolithic long barrows have been identified in the Salisbury
Plain Training Area. As a monument type long barrows are sufficiently rare
nationally that, unless severely damaged, all examples surviving as earthworks
are considered to be of national importance.

Source: Historic England

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