MDE11931 - Possible medieval clearance cairn on Shilstone Hill (Monument)

Summary

A circular feature, though to be a prehistoric hut circle, was noted on aerial photographs. It has since been reinterpreted as a medieval clearance cairn.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 7626 4657. A small circular earthwork, possibly a hut circle, was noted on aerial photographs. [1-2] A circular feature, possibly a hut circle is recorded by McDonnell at SS 7627 4657. No trace of the feature described by [2] could be seen at the National Grid Reference cited. [3] A small circular mound is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs, located on the north facing slope of Shilstone Hill at circa SS 7626 4656. It appears to be approximately 5 metres in diameter. No evidence of internal spaces or features can be seen to support the interpretation as a hut circle. An interpretation as a small clearance cairn, possibly related to medieval enclosure activity, is suggested by this authority. It remains visible on aerial photographs of 1995. [4-6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF/CPE/UK/1980.3046 (April 1947).
  • <2> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7646D.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation. 25 November 1993.
  • <4> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/910 4098-9 (17 October 1952).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 093-4 (12 March 1995).
  • <6>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NE. MD002168. [Mapped feature: #46853 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7626 4656 (7m by 7m)
Map sheet SS74NE
Civil Parish BRENDON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS74NE/543
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 18121
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20770
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO447
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NE42
  • National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1001728

Record last edited

Dec 16 2020 10:57AM

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