MMO3044 - Two possible late prehistoric or medieval enclosures on Kingsland Pits (Monument)

Summary

Two possible subcircular enclosures of uncertain date and function can be seen as earthworks on aerial photograph and could readily date from the later prehistoric period to the medieval period; further field investigation is required.

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Type and Period (3)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two possible subcircular enclosures of uncertain date and function can be seen as earthworks on aerial photographs of Withypool Common. The possible enclosures are located on a small terrace on the steep northwestern slopes at Kingsland Pits, overlooking Sherdon Water. Centred on circa SS 8064 3569, the eastern feature is roughly triangular in shape, measuring up to 27 metres at its widest point. The western enclosure is roughly circular in shape and 15 metres in diameter, centred at circa SS 8056 3562. They resemble a small hillslope enclosure and hut circle of later prehistoric date, but without further field investigation they could just as readily be interpreted as stock enclosures from the medieval period. [1-3] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [4]

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR RAF CPE/UK/1980 (F20) 4364-5 (11 April 1947).
  • <2> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. ENPA MAL INFRA RED 77014 091 (20 May 1977).
  • <3>XY Archive: 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 83 NW. MD002191. [Mapped feature: #32727 ]
  • <4> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1488522, Extant 23 August 2021.

Map

Location

Grid reference Centred SS 8061 3568 (122m by 56m) Aerial Survey
Map sheet SS83NW
Civil Parish WITHYPOOL AND HAWKRIDGE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

External Links (1)

Other Statuses/References

  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NW143
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1488522

Record last edited

Aug 23 2021 9:19PM

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