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Linear earthwork on Knook Down

A Scheduled Monument in Knook, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2017 / 51°12'6"N

Longitude: -2.0723 / 2°4'20"W

OS Eastings: 395041.58083

OS Northings: 144724.565556

OS Grid: ST950447

Mapcode National: GBR 2WN.QVC

Mapcode Global: VHB56.1293

Entry Name: Linear earthwork on Knook Down

Scheduled Date: 6 January 1971

Last Amended: 6 March 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010665

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10224

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Knook

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Heytesbury with Tytherington and Knook St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Details

A bank and ditch running north-west/south-east across Knook Down. It
can be traced for its whole length although a central portion has been
ploughed. The ditch is up to 4m wide, the bank varies from 2m wide to
non-existent. The south-eastern section is in the vicinity of "Knook
Camp".

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.
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
time.

Source: Historic England

Sources

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

Source: Historic England

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