MMO1942 - Prehistoric or medieval parallel ditches on Lyn Down (Monument)

Summary

Two parallel ditches, visible on aerial photographs as cropmarks on Lyn Down, may be the remains of a track or road of medieval date, or boundary markers of late prehistoric date.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two parallel ditches, visible on aerial photographs as cropmarks on Lyn Down, may be the remains of a track or road of medieval date, or boundary markers of late prehistoric date. Part of a wider complex of cropmark features on Lyn Down and Stock Common, these ditches are centred on circa SS 7251 4712. The ditches are between 3 and 8 metres wide, and up to 8 metres apart. They cross a low neck of land between, and can be interpreted as connecting Small Combe to the north-east and Stockwater Combe to the south-west, or effectively seperating two hill tops to the north and south. If they performed a territorial function, the ditches may be associated with similar, although more widely spaced features to the south, and the Iron Age enclosed settlements of Stock Castle and Roborough Castle. [1-4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 3052-3 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA MAL 77013 023-4 (20 May 1977).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/95/026 047-8 (12 March 1995).
  • <4> Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 NW. MD002173.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7252 4712 (330m by 159m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74NW
Civil Parish LYNTON AND LYNMOUTH, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (0)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW147
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1465376

Record last edited

Mar 19 2018 2:39PM

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