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Boundary feature 700m south-west of The Plantation, West Lavington Down

A Scheduled Monument in West Lavington, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2378 / 51°14'16"N

Longitude: -2.0344 / 2°2'3"W

OS Eastings: 397697.0785

OS Northings: 148736.262

OS Grid: ST976487

Mapcode National: GBR 2WB.8H1

Mapcode Global: VHB50.P4CY

Entry Name: Boundary feature 700m south-west of The Plantation, West Lavington Down

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010096

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10104

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: West Lavington

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Edington and Imber

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


A bank/ditch/bank boundary feature with an overall width of c.10m. The ditch
is 2m deep and 6m wide at the top. The bank is particularly well preserved on
the east side where it is up to 0.5m high.

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.
Boundary earthworks which include linear earthworks, so called ranch
boundaries, dykes and cross ridge dykes are particularly well preserved in the
Salisbury Plain Training Area. They provide important evidence of prehistoric
landholdings, land reorganisation and changing agricultural practices through

Source: Historic England


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

Source: Historic England

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