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Silver Barrow, Orcheston Down

A Scheduled Monument in Orcheston, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2243 / 51°13'27"N

Longitude: -1.9361 / 1°56'10"W

OS Eastings: 404554.816702

OS Northings: 147237.581814

OS Grid: SU045472

Mapcode National: GBR 3XZ.3BW

Mapcode Global: VHB52.DH99

Entry Name: Silver Barrow, Orcheston Down

Scheduled Date: 22 April 1966

Last Amended: 22 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010020

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10112

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Orcheston

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Salisbury Plain

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


A large, slightly oval shaped barrow. The maximum diameter of the mound is
40m, the ditch is indistinct and 0.4m deep and c.4m wide. The overall diameter
is 48m. Partial excavation took place in the 19th century.

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. 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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