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MMO1598 - Enclosure on Stoneditch Hill

ENPHER Number:MMO1598
Name:Enclosure on Stoneditch Hill
Type of Record:Monument
Grid Reference:SS 5864 4506

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Summary

A rectilinear ditched enclosure visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs on the southeastern slope of Stoneditch Hill, Combe Martin is probably of Iron Age or Romano British date.

Monument Types

Designated Status: none recorded

Description

A rectilinear ditched enclosure visible on aerial photographs as a cropmark on the southeastern slope of Stoneditch Hill, Combe Martin is probably of Iron Age or Romano British date. Centred at SS 5863 4507 the enclosure covers an area of at least 0.5 hectares on a steep southeastern facing slope, looking downslope of Stoneditch Hill.
It is located next to an area of natural geological outcropping, and may have incorporated this outcrop into the northern edge of the outer earthworks. The cropmarks define a triple ditched square enclosure. The central enclosure measures approximately 38 metres square, with a probable entranceway on the southeastern side. The two external ditches are less clear, but appear to measure a minimum of 60 metres square and 64 metres by 63 metres, with the outermost ditch visible only on two sides of the enclosure. The corners of each ditch are slightly curved. An entranceway through all three ditches is visible on the southeastern side, with two lateral arms running east to west from the entrance on the outermost ditch.
It seems likely from the position of the entrances that all three ditches were contemporary, rather than representing three different phases of construction or use. Similar enclosures photographed as cropmarks in other areas of Devon have been ascribed to the Iron Age or Romano British period. Further study is required to assess the level of preservation and the function of this enclosure. (1-3)


Knights, J. and Dunkerley, T., 2012, A geophysical resistivity survey of a rectangular ditch and bank enclosure at NGR SS62544485 Waytown Farm and two explorative test pits, 6-7 (Report). SEM8274.


<1> 2007-2009, Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 54 NE (Archive). SMO7548.


<2> Various, Various, Vertical Aerial Photograph, RAF 82/1281 (F22) 0054. 29/08/1955 (Aerial photograph). SMO4068.


<3> 1983, Untitled Source, P.63-68 (Article in serial). SMO7116.

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Date Last Edited:Oct 5 2015 1:29PM

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