MMO2382 - Possible late prehistoric enclosure on Trout Hill (Monument)

Summary

An oval enclosure is visible as a very slight earthwork. Its location on a prominent hillspur overlooking Hoccombe Water is reminiscent of prehistoric settlement enclosures seen elsewhere on Exmoor.

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Type and Period (1)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

An oval enclosure is visible as a very slight earthwork close to the summit of Trout Hill, Exmoor. Centred at SS 7886 4250, the enclosure is roughly pear shaped, measuring some 80 metres across at its widest point. It is defined by a low bank approximately 7 metres wide; a gap in the bank on the north side may represent an entranceway. Its precise date and function is uncertain, but its location on a prominent hillspur overlooking Hoccombe Water is reminiscent of prehistoric settlement enclosures seen elsewhere on Exmoor. The enclosure is not visible on photographs taken after 1973 and further survey is required. [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 106G/UK/1501 3214-15 (13 May 1946).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SE. MD002183. [Mapped feature: #32952 ]
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1476034, Extant 8 June 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 7886 4249 (66m by 85m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS74SE
Civil Parish EXMOOR, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SE231
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1476034

Record last edited

Jun 8 2021 2:55PM

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