Archaeology and History OS 25K map symbols

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This is one of a series of articles which give photographs of features on the ground which have standard symbols on Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, and also show the symbol. See OS 25K map symbolsExternal link for introduction to the series, and links to other articles in it. Ordnance Survey have told us that although the symbols are copyright they allow them to be copied without charge or specific licence.

Click on a photo thumbnail to see a page (in a new window) with a larger photo, and other photo details. The photo page also has a section of the 1:50,000 Ordnance Survey map; click on that map to see a section of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale map. The map link in the notes column displays the map; depending on browser, youmay need back button to return to article.

Note that there are also Tourist and Leisure Information symbols for some historical sites - including Building of Historic Interest and Roman Site. These will be shown with the tourist symbols in due course.

See also examples on 1:50,000 scale mapsExternal link. The symbols are very similar - and some show up better on the 50K maps.
DescriptionSymbolPhotoNotes
Site of antiquity OS25K Historical siteNT0280 : Recent harvest with a secret by Tom SargentMap linkExternal link
Site of battle (with date) OS25K Historical battleSJ5117 : A killing field by Row17Map linkExternal link In the example the name of the battle (Shrewsbury) is given as well as the date (1403)
Small visible earthwork OS25K Historical small earthworkNS6134 : Earthworks at Main Castle, by the Avon Water by Gordon BrownMap linkExternal link The symbol is less prominent on the 25K map than on the 50K map.
Large visible earthwork OS25K Historical - large earthworkTA2173 : Danes Dyke by the Headland Way by N ChadwickMap linkExternal link
Roman OS25K Historical - RomanSZ5986 : Brading Roman Villa - hypocaust by Stephen McKayMap linkExternal link The "symbol" is the use of sans-serif typeface for the name.
Non-Roman OS25K Historical - non-RomanSU1476 : Barbury Castle by Andrew Smith Map linkExternal link The "symbol" is the use of Gothic typeface. Barbury Castle in the example is a hill-fort said to date from the 6th century BC, before the Romans.
Non-Roman OS25K Historical - non-Roman NX7362 : Threave Castle by David HawgoodMap linkExternal link The Gothic typeface is also used for antiquities after the Romans, the castle in this example was built about 1369.


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