MMO3033 - Possible late prehistoric or Roman enclosure northwest of Lanacre (Monument)


Linear cropmarks visible on aerial photographs of 1985 may form two sides of a large double or triple ditched enclosure. It may be of later prehistoric or Roman date, or non archaeological in origin.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Linear cropmarks visible on aerial photographs of 1985 may reveal the presence of a large enclosure centred at circa SS 8209 3674, about 500 metres to the northwest of Lanacre. The cropmarks could be interpreted as indicating the subsurface survival of three ditches on the northeastern side and two on the southwestern side of a rectilinear enclosure. The cropmarks cannot be seen to intersect and the often characteristic information of the corner shape cannot therefore be seen. However, by extending their line a rectilinear enclosure a minimum of circa 60 metres wide and circa 120 metres long would be defined. The date and function of the enclosure are unknown but its potentially large size and rectilinear form may support a tentative interpretation as an enclosure or camp of later prehistoric or Roman date. However, as the cropmarks are visible on only one aerial photograph, it must be considered possible that the features are non archaeological, perhaps agricultural in origin. [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 31-2 (29 August 1985).
  • <2>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NW. MD002191. [Mapped feature: #32736 ]
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1488488, Extant 27 August 2021.



Grid reference Centred SS 8207 3672 (93m by 153m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS83NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW132
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1488488

Record last edited

Aug 27 2021 8:53PM


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