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Knighton long barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Figheldean, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2072 / 51°12'25"N

Longitude: -1.8183 / 1°49'6"W

OS Eastings: 412785.860398

OS Northings: 145349.364894

OS Grid: SU127453

Mapcode National: GBR 4ZN.93L

Mapcode Global: VHB54.FXKF

Entry Name: Knighton long barrow

Scheduled Date: 29 July 1965

Last Amended: 31 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010052

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10132

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Figheldean

Built-Up Area: Larkhill

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Figheldean St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

A large, impressive long barrow orientated east/west. The mound is c.60m long
x 20m wide, and is flanked by ditches c.12m wide which are very deep and well
defined. The overall width is c.44m.

MAP EXTRACT
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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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