MMO2091 - Possible late prehistoric enclosure southwest of Dean Cross (Monument)

Summary

A possible prehistoric enclosure is visible on oblique aerial photographs as an earthwork. It may be an Iron Age hillslope enclosure; however, further study is required to ascertain a precise date and function.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible prehistoric enclosure is visible on oblique aerial photographs as an earthwork in fields to the southwest of Dean Cross, Kentisbury. Centred at approximately SS 6250 4456, the enclosure is oval in shape, and measures approximately 43 metres in diameter. The bank itself varies in width from 8 to 13 metres. There are two breaks in the bank, at oppsite sides of the enclosure which may represent entrances. The enclosure occupies a prominent position on a fairly steep west facing slope above and unnamed stream or combe. It is similar in appearance to the enclosure at Higher Holworthy, which has been identified as an Iron Age hillslope enclosure. However, Higher Holworthy is much better preserved than this enclosure appears to be, and further study will be required to ascertain a precise date and function. [1-3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Oblique Aerial Photograph. NMR SS 6244/1/215 (SF1460) 7 March 1979.
  • <2> Monograph: Riley, H. and Wilson-North, R.. 2001. The Field Archaeology of Exmoor. English Heritage. 72-73.
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 64 SW. MD002180. [Mapped feature: #44630 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1468403, Extant 15 November 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 6250 4456 (57m by 57m)
Map sheet SS64SW
Civil Parish KENTISBURY, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SW107
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1468403

Record last edited

Nov 15 2021 10:36PM

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