Scheduled Monument: Iron Age defended settlement above Sweetworthy (western of two)
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
13 July 1994
Date last amended
The monument includes an Iron Age defended settlement on the lower northern slopes of Dunkery Hill. It is one of two within 80m of each other and close to another larger enclosure of similar type. The site is of a levelled area forming a round platform 35m across, with a bank 0.5m high partially enclosing the upper sides. The lower side is a simple scarp 1.1m high, though on the north east there are no visible earthworks. The proximity of the site to a more modern hedge-bank may suggest that the lower side of the earthworks has been robbed for stone. In the south west of the enclosure is a circular hollow 6m across, representing the site of a round house. The bank adjacent to this has been
eroded by a later track, which has revealed an upright stone slab 0.5m high, and a second earthfast stone, suggesting the bank covers the foundations of a stone-revetted wall, or a gateway at this point. Excluded from the scheduling is the fence around the monument, although the ground beneath it is included.