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Iron Age earthwork enclosure on Mancombe Down

A Scheduled Monument in Warminster, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2231 / 51°13'23"N

Longitude: -2.1519 / 2°9'6"W

OS Eastings: 389485.278304

OS Northings: 147109.094849

OS Grid: ST894471

Mapcode National: GBR 1V1.8RC

Mapcode Global: VH97H.NJ67

Entry Name: Iron Age earthwork enclosure on Mancombe Down

Scheduled Date: 3 March 1927

Last Amended: 8 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010242

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10079

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Warminster

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Warminster St Denys

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

A small rounded earthwork enclosure of early Iron Age date. The single bank
and ditch enclose an area of c.0.75ha. Traces of a counterscarp bank are
visible beyond the area of the ditch.

MAP EXTRACT
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.
Enclosures provide important evidence of land use and agricultural practices
in the prehistoric/Romano-British period. The enclosures in the Salisbury
Plain Training Area belong to one of the most important and best preserved
fossil landscapes in southern Britain. The presence of these remains and their
relationship with extensive field systems and settlement complexes are of
critical importance to understanding the character and development of downland
agriculture.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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