MMO1781 - Possible prehistoric enclosure southeast of Trentishoe Down (Monument)


A possible prehistoric enclosure is visible on aerial photographs taken in 1972 as a low earthwork. This feature may, however, be part of a natural outcrop and non-archaeological in origin.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible prehistoric enclosure is visible on aerial photographs as a low earthwork on the southeast side of Trentishoe Down. Centred at SS 6346 4727, a roughly ovoid bank is visible enclosing an area of the moor. The bank varies in width from between 1 to 2 metres wide, and the area enclosed measures some 30 metres in diameter. The enclosure is situated on a steep southeast facing slope. No apparent entranceway is visible. A more precise date for this monument cannot be established from aerial photographs alone, and further study is required. [1,2] Monument MDE8996 records natural outcrops in this location, previously misinterpreted at clearance cairns. It is not clear whether this enclosure may in fact be part of this outcrop. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72123 230 (14 May 1972).
  • <2> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 64 NW. MD002171.
  • <3> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information or Staff Comments. C Dove, 29 August 2013.



Grid reference Centred SS 6346 4727 (41m by 40m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS64NW

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Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 NW85
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1461711

Record last edited

Apr 23 2019 3:39PM


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