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Middleton Down long barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Norton Bavant, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2129 / 51°12'46"N

Longitude: -2.1181 / 2°7'5"W

OS Eastings: 391848.777146

OS Northings: 145968.66815

OS Grid: ST918459

Mapcode National: GBR 1V2.Z5T

Mapcode Global: VH97J.7SM2

Entry Name: Middleton Down long barrow

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 8 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009894

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10090

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

A Neolithic long barrow with a mound orientated south-east/north-west. It is
c.33m long x 19m wide and up to 2.5m high with traces of side ditches. The
overall dimensions are c.33m x 29m. There are no recorded excavations.

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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.
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

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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