MMO2374 - Possible late prehistoric hut circle enclosure on Lanacombe (Monument)

Summary

A possible hut circle and enclosure are visible as a very slight earthwork on Lanacombe, south of Hoccombe Water, Exmoor. It resembles the hut circle enclosures visible on South Common (SS 64 SE) but is poorly preserved and invisible on photographs taken after 1952. Its location on a spur overlooking Hoccombe water and in an area of dense Bronze Age activity suggests it may be the remains of a prehistoric enclosed settlement, possibly dating to the Bronze Age or Iron Age.

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Full Description

A possible hut circle and enclosure are visible as a very slight earthwork on Lanacombe, south of Hoccombe Water, Exmoor. Centred at SS 7829 4293 the feature consists of an oval bank measuring 1.5 metres wide and enclosing an area measuring 35 metres across. There are indications of a break in the bank on the western side, possibly the remains of an entranceway. Within this oval enclosure, on its south-west edge, a circular bank measuring 0.8 metres wide and enclosing an area of approximately 5 metres in diameter can be seen. There is a break in this circular bank on the north-eastern side which may represent an entrance. The feature strongly resembles the hut circle enclosures visible on South Common (SS 64 SE) but is poorly preserved and invisible on photographs taken after 1952. Its location on a spur overlooking Hoccombe water and in an area of dense Bronze Age activity suggests it may be the remains of a prehistoric enclosed settlement, possibly dating to the Bronze Age or Iron Age (1).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. RAF 540/931 4114-15 08-NOV-1952.
  • --- Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7829 4294 (43m by 42m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1476003

Record last edited

Jun 12 2015 1:43PM

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