MMO2363 - Possible late prehistoric enclosure on Lanacombe (Monument)

Summary

An unusual ditched enclosure is visible on aerial photographs as a very slight earthwork. Its precise date and function are uncertain but it may well be the remains of a late Bronze Age or Iron Age enclosed settlement.

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Full Description

An unusual ditched enclosure is visible on aerial photographs as a very slight earthwork on the north eastern edge of Lanacombe, Exmoor. Centred at approximately SS 7846 4318, the enclosure is U shaped, and open at the northern end. It measures approximately 75 metres long by 80 metres wide, and there is no visible entranceway. Its precise date and function are uncertain but its location, on a prominent spur overlooking Hoccombe Water may indicate a prehistoric orgin, and the feature may well be the remains of a late Bronze Age or Iron Age enclosed settlement. Several other enclosures and settlements are visible on the opposite side of Hoccombe Water on Hoccombe Hill. [1,2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 4114-15 (8 November 1952).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #32959 ]
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1475959, Extant 8 June 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7845 4319 (123m by 112m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE212
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1475959

Record last edited

Jun 8 2021 4:53PM

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