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Monument Number 1502128

Hob Uid: 1502128
Location :
Swindon
Wroughton
Grid Ref : SU1460076380
Summary : A number of possible Bronze Age and later trackways and drove ways are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. The trackways are dendritic, probably having been formed at different times when the trackway being used at the time became impassable through lack of maintenance. The trackways converge on an area where there is a dip in the Ridgeway escarpment which would have been an obvious point for trackways running north to south on to and off the Marlborough Downs to cross. It became a junction point where the north to south trackways intersect with the trackways of the Ridgeway (NMR SU 17 NW 159) which extend east to west and also with the trackways which extend to the southwest up through and around Barbury Castle hillfort (NMR SU 17 NW 8). The trackways measure up to 5m wide and extend over an area 460m east to west and 220m north to south. The trackways were probably used to move livestock and pack horses.
More information : A number of possible Bronze Age and later trackways and drove ways are visible as earthworks on aerial photographs. The trackways are dendritic, probably having been formed at different times when the trackway being used at the time became impassable through lack of maintenance. The trackways converge on an area where there is a dip in the Ridgeway escarpment which would have been an obvious point for trackways running north to south on to and off the Marlborough Downs to cross. It became a junction point where the north to south trackways intersect with the trackways of the Ridgeway (NMR SU 17 NW 159 / UID 1501997) which extend east to west and also with the trackways which extend to the southwest up through and around Barbury Castle hillfort (NMR SU 17 NW 8 / UID 221369). The trackways measure up to 5m wide and extend over an area 460m east to west and 220m north to south. The trackways were probably used to move livestock and pack horses. (1-2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR US/7PH/GP/LOC209 5003-5004 08-MAR-1944
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Source Number : 2
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SU 1476/24 RCA 11410/20 UNKNOWN
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Trackway, Drove Road
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Iron Age
Display Date : Iron Age
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -800
Monument Type : Trackway, Drove Road
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Roman
Display Date : Roman
Monument End Date : 410
Monument Start Date : 43
Monument Type : Trackway, Drove Road
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Trackway, Drove Road
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Trackway, Drove Road
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SU 17 NW 162
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 221369
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1501997
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: BARBURY CASTLE ENVIRONS AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH SURVEY AND ANALYSIS PROJECT
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2009-06-01
End Date : 2009-09-01