MMO2862 - Possible late prehistoric hillslope enclosure on Staddon Hill (Monument)

Summary

A possible hillslope enclosure of later prehistoric date is visible as a cropmark of a ditch defined circular enclosure on aerial photographs of 1985.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

A possible hillslope enclosure of later prehistoric date is visible as a cropmark of a ditch defined circular enclosure on aerial photographs of 1985, centred on circa SS 8714 3727 on the northwest facing slopes of Staddon Hill. The cropmark is poorly defined but appears to mark an enclosure of up to 60 metres diameter enclosed by a ditch between 4 and 8 metres wide. Possible internal features are visible, perhaps indicating the presence of hut circle of roughly 20 metres diameter. An alternative interpretation could be as the remains of a post-mill of medieval date. The slightly cross like arrangement of the internal features may hint at the remains of a cross post trench, although its siting below the summit of the hill may provide a counter argument. [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. ENPA JAS 85042 035-6 (29 August 1985).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NE. MD002192. [Mapped feature: #32793 ]
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1485236, Extant 21 September 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8714 3726 (75m by 81m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS83NE
Civil Parish WINSFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NE139
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1485236

Record last edited

Sep 21 2021 5:41PM

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