SY9776 : Strip lynchetts, Winspit Valley

taken 11 years ago, near to Worth Matravers, Dorset, Great Britain

Strip lynchetts, Winspit Valley
Strip lynchetts, Winspit Valley
Iron age farming terraces.
Scheduled Monuments
In the United Kingdom, a scheduled monument is a 'nationally important' archaeological site or historic building, given protection against unauthorised change.
There are about 20,000 scheduled monuments in England representing about 37,000 heritage assets. Of the tens of thousands of scheduled monuments in the UK, most are inconspicuous archaeological sites, but some are large ruins.
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Lynchets (Strip Lynchets)
A lynchet is a bank of earth that builds up on the downslope of a field ploughed over a long period of time. The disturbed soil slips down the hillside to create a lynchet They are also referred to as strip lynchets.
They are a feature of ancient field systems such as the Celtic field systems. Some believe that they were passively formed under the long-term action of gravity and weathering (soil creep) on the loosened soil of a ploughed slope, while others believe they may have been intentionally formed, to prevent erosion and slippage of the ploughed slope.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 24 October, 2006   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 29 October, 2006
Category
Historical item   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 976 764 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:35.2396N 2:2.1157W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 974 764
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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