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Project 21, a unique web-based study which
focuses on the enigmatic, least-known Dark Ages
earthwork, known as Wansdyke. Edited by Robert M. Vermaat,
it features narrative histories, original source
documents and important texts, extensive
bibliographies, reading lists, informative
articles by guest writers, maps, polls and more.
Wansdyke Project 21 is part of Vortigern Studies,
which has the internet's most comprehensive
treatment of Britain's history from the end of
the Roman era to Arthurian times.
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burial ground on a Wiltshire farm has been
protected from plough damage by an agreement
between the farmer and Defra.
Bourton Manor Farm, north west of Devizes has 28
Scheduled Monuments of national importance.
These include 10 barrows which are thought to be
either Neolithic or early Bronze Age.
Plough damage is being prevented by returning the
surrounding area to grassland using funding under
Defra's Countryside Stewardship Scheme.
"As a keen conservationist I feel that it is
of vital importance to preserve this heritage for
future generations," said farmer Bob
A further group of three barrows on the farm will
be protected by buffering them with grass strips.
"Managing this part of Wiltshire's heritage
is important and Bourton Manor Farm has many
other historical associations such as the site of
a Bronze Age farming settlement, an incredible
find of 7,000 Roman coins and signs of medieval
farming with the unmistakable strip lynchets on
Roughridge Hill," said Charles Routh, an
adviser at Defra's Rural Development Service in
the South West.
Wansdyke, another Scheduled Monument of national
importance, runs through the centre of the farm.
Scrub is being cleared from it to prevent root
damage to the underlying archaeology and to
increase the diversity of wild flowers thriving
Elsewhere on the farm, 36 hectares of ancient
chalk downland is being managed using changed
grazing patterns and without fertiliser to
encourage wild flowers.
[Source: BBC News, 2 February 2005]