MDE20385 - Possible undated circular enclosure in Scrip Wood (Monument)

Summary

Part of a fairly substantial ring bank was discovered during fieldwork. It is possibly part of a circular enclosure; the rest may be buried under hillwash or scree.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 752 488. The site was visited in January 1981. Part of a fairly substantial ring bank in Scrip Wood, discovered during fieldwork. Possibly part of a circular enclosure - rest may be buried under hillwash or scree. No discernible entrance. Maximum diameter 30 paces, possible ditch on southwest. [1] The feature described in [1] is centred at SS 7531 4896. It lies on a shelf above very steep natural slopes on the northern side of the valley of the Eart Lyn River. The site forms a semicircular feature some 18 metres in diameter, defined by an outward facing scarp which is 1 metre in height. On the southeastern side an internal scarp is visible forming a short length of bank; there is also a stretch of shallow external ditch. The feature is lost into the natural slopes at its upper ends. Source [1] argues that the feature has been lost beneath natural hillwash. However, this seems to be unlikely, and it is more probable that the feature was never a complete circuit. No entrance is visible, neither is there any trace of internal features, despite the southern part of the interior being a level area. The function and date of the feature remain uncertain. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale, 12th April 1994. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Archive: Devon County Council. Various. Devon SMR / HER records / parish files - Exmoor records. R McDonnell, Site visit, 29 January 1981, CRAAGS Exmoor Survey 1980-1, Plan.
  • <2>XY Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 12 April 1994. [Mapped feature: #46927 ]

Map

Location

Grid reference SS 7531 4896 (point)
Map sheet SS74NE
Civil Parish BRENDON, NORTH DEVON, DEVON
Civil Parish COUNTISBURY, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 14129
  • Devon SMR: SS74NE/525
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE11935
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NE28
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1002032

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Jan 20 2021 1:10PM

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