Site Event/Activity record EEM14527 - 2009: RS - Rectangular Enclosure, Challacombe Common



University of Bristol


August 2009


On the 7th of August 2009, postgraduate students Rebecca Pullen and Derwin Gregory of the University of Bristol's Department of Archaeology and Anthropology undertook a localised earth resistance survey using a sample interval of 1 metre across the remains of the small rectangular enclosure, located close to the Chapman Barrows on Challacombe Common in Exmoor National Park (centred at SS 7036 4321). As was expected, the upstanding remains of the enclosure showed up well as concentrations of high resistance readings. The geophysical plot broadly matched the existing earthwork survey undertaken by English Heritage (uid 1589826) which depicts the monument with upstanding banks or walls on three sides, but with the narrow southeast side essentially open ended with a scarp or terrace completing the rectangular form at this end. The results of the geophysical investigation were submitted in report form to the Exmoor National Park HER.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Report: Pullen, B.. 2009. Rectangular Enclosure, Challacombe Common, North Devon, Exmoor National Park; Earth Resistance Survey Technical Report.
  • <2> Archive: Historic England. 2016. NRHE to HER prototype website test. 1589827.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1589827, Extant 6 July 2016.



Location Challacombe Common
Grid reference Centred SS 7036 4321 (81m by 63m) MasterMap
Map sheet SS74SW

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Mortuary enclosure east of the Chapman Barrows (Monument)

Record last edited

Jan 17 2022 9:16PM