MMO1941 - Possible late prehistoric boundary ditches on Lyn Down (Monument)

Summary

Two parallel ditches, visible on aerial photographs as cropmarks, may be boundary markers of late prehistoric date. They are part of a complex of cropmark features that may be associated with Stock Castle and Roborough Castle.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two parallel ditches, visible on aerial photographs as cropmarks on the western slopes of Lyn Down at circa SS 7227 4667. Part of a complex of undated cropmark features on Lyn Down and Stock Common, the cropmarks are roughly 4 metres wide and between 23 and 28 metres apart. The function of the ditches is unclear but, with a second pairing of parallel ditched features to the north, they may form territorial boundary markers of late prehistoric date associated with the Iron Age enclosed settlements of Stock Castle and Roborough Castle. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA 1983 RUN 3 5892-3.
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 540/910 4086-7 (17 October 1952).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95026 023-24 (12 March 1995).
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7226 4669 (128m by 381m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74NW
Civil Parish LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

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External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW146
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1465375

Record last edited

Mar 20 2018 3:28PM

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