MEM15633 - Possible reservoir enclosure at Cloutsham Ball (Monument)


Substantial linear banks enclose a rectangular area approximately 20 by 30 metres which may have been used in water-management role, perhaps as a reservoir or holding tank.

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A complex of substantial earthwork banks near the confluence of East Water and Horner Water. The banks are up to 1.7 metres high and 5 metres wide, forming a roughly rectangular enclosure approximately 20 by 30 metres in size. The field interpretation of this feature is based upon the morphology and substantial nature of the earthworks, the nucleus of the site interpreted as a large holding-tank or reservoir. The location of the feature is problematical however, and the function and mechanism of the site is unknown. [1]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Report: McDonnell, R.R.J.. 1994. Horner Wood: Report on the Preliminary Archaeological Field Assessment of Two Sample Areas. Richard McDonnel. P.8-9; 23.
  • <2> Monograph: Cannell, J.. 2005. The Archaeology of Woodland Exploitation in the Greater Exmoor Area in the Historic Period. Archaeopress BAR British Series. BAR 398. P.109-131; 262.



Grid reference SS 8971 4407 (point) Approximate
Map sheet SS84SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 115836

Record last edited

Mar 17 2022 12:29PM


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