MMO2604 - Late prehistoric hillslope enclosure northwest North Hawkwell (Monument)

Summary

The remains of a hillslope enclosure of late prehistoric date can be seen on aerial photographs as an earthwork. The enclosure is subsquare in shape and defined by a very denuded bank up to eight metres wide.

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Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

The remains of a possible hillslope enclosure of probable late prehistoric date can be seen on aerial photographs as an earthwork to the northwest of North Hawkwell, centred on circa SS 9246 4018. The enclosure is subsquare in shape and defined by a very denuded bank obscured by vegetation on its northern edge. Nonetheless, the enclosure can be seen to be roughly 80 to 90 metres in diameter, enclosing an area of 0.6 hectares. The enclosure is located on a southeast facing slope, between 250 and 270 metres above Ordnance Datum, overlooking the River Avill to the south. Although the southern edge of the earthwork may be slightly damaged by modern trackway, the antiquity of the earthwork may be indicated by the fact that it is largely respected by the course of an extant field boundary. A D shaped enclosure of similar size and potentially similar date can be seen approximately 850 metres to the northeast. [1-4] Aerial photographs taken by Englissh Heritage in March 2011 clearly show the earthworks of the enclosure. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF 543/2821 (F63) 0146-7 (27 April 1964).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR MAL/76067 172 (4 August 1976).
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA JAS/85041 115-6 (29 August 1985).
  • <4>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 94 SW. MD002186. [Mapped feature: #32481 ]
  • <5> Aerial photograph: English Heritage. 2011. Oblique aerial photographs of selected sites across Exmoor National Park. 26879_037.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 9250 4021 (109m by 102m) (Aerial Survey)
Map sheet SS94SW
Civil Parish CUTCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 94 SW113
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1479610

Record last edited

Aug 18 2020 11:03AM

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