Scheduled Monument: Black Ball Camp: a later prehistoric defended settlement on Gallox
Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Somerset 172; 24003
01 November 1934
Date last amended
25 January 1994
The monument includes a circular defended settlement above the shoulder of Gallox Hill. The enclosure contains c.0.3ha of sloping land encircled by a bank up to 1.9m high, an outer ditch up to 1.5m deep, and a counterscarp bank up to 1.9m high beyond the ditch on all but the uphill side. The entrance is downhill on the south-west side, approached by a causeway across the ditch, and is inturned and slightly askew. To the north-west of the entrance, disturbance has been caused by modern digging, but a raised circular area, perhaps a guardhouse, can still be seen inside the inturn. Inside the south-west inturn is a possible hut circle which may be contemporary with the earthworks. This is 5m across, with an entrance to the north. Bat's Castle hillfort, which is broadly contemporary, lies 550m to the south on the hill above and forms the subject of a separate scheduling.