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Two boundary features to the north/north-east and west of Silver Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Tilshead, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.2264 / 51°13'34"N

Longitude: -1.9365 / 1°56'11"W

OS Eastings: 404533.2185

OS Northings: 147466.0369

OS Grid: SU045474

Mapcode National: GBR 3XZ.36V

Mapcode Global: VHB52.DF4Q

Entry Name: Two boundary features to the north/north-east and west of Silver Barrow

Scheduled Date: 22 January 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1017940

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10111

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Tilshead

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Salisbury Plain

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury


Two related boundary features, part of a widespread system of similar
1 - A boundary ditch running north-east/south-west. The middle section
comprises a ditch flanked by banks, in the south only a bank is visible and in
the north a ditch and bank are visible.
2 - A ditch running south-east/north-west from the track to the south of
"Silver barrow", to join another boundary feature in the north-west at

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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