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Field system on West Lavington Down

A Scheduled Monument in West Lavington, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2409 / 51°14'27"N

Longitude: -2.0041 / 2°0'14"W

OS Eastings: 399806.657383

OS Northings: 149076.578877

OS Grid: ST998490

Mapcode National: GBR 2WC.442

Mapcode Global: VHB51.62VL

Entry Name: Field system on West Lavington Down

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1009976

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10107

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: West Lavington

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Bishop's (West) Lavington All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

A field system to the north of Chapperton Down. The system is of an unusual
type and possibly contains a settlement.

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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.
Well preserved prehistoric field systems are rare nationally. They provide
important evidence of a carefully planned reorganisation of landscape and
definition of landholdings. The examples in the Salisbury Plain Training Area
are some of the best surviving nationally, and their articulation with other
contemporary archaeological features, such as land boundaries and enclosures,
makes them worthy of scheduling.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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