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Norton Down long barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Norton Bavant, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2128 / 51°12'46"N

Longitude: -2.1074 / 2°6'26"W

OS Eastings: 392592.271145

OS Northings: 145961.16057

OS Grid: ST925459

Mapcode National: GBR 2WF.VC0

Mapcode Global: VH97J.FS74

Entry Name: Norton Down long barrow

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 8 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009895

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10092

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


A Neolithic long barrow with a mound 55m long x 25m wide and up to 3.5m high.
The flanking ditches are 9m wide and up to 1.75m deep. The overall dimensions
are c.55m x 43m. Partial excavation in the 19th century revealed multiple

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.
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


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

Source: Historic England

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