MSO10999 - Enclosure, East Pinford, Exmoor (Monument)


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Three curving lengths of stone bank c0.3m high and 3m wide. Defined by differential vegetational growth. Possible hillslope enclosure 73 paces diameter. No internal or entrance feature seen. [1] L-shaped attachment on W side 10 paces by 9 paces. [3] Centred at SS 8022 4256 is a sub-oval enclosure averaging 67 m in diameter; it lies on gentle, east-facing slopes above a steep escarpment forming the eastern side of East Pinford. The enclosure consists of a series of discontinuous, stony banks, emphasised - at the time of survey - by the fact that the area had been recently burnt off. The irregularity of the enclosing bank and its discontinuity, argue against the feature being a field or even a hillslope enclosure. Certainly its elevated position on the moor would suggest an earlier date. There is a lack of good evidence for internal settlement, although two slight platforms (A and B on plan) are visible. On balance this feature is best interpreted as an enclosed settlement of earlier prehistoric (?Bronze Age) date. Surveyed at 1:500 scale, 23-July-1996. [5]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Unassigned: McDonnell, R. 7/6/1982.
  • <2> Article in serial: Burrow, I., Minnitt, S. and Murless, B.. 1982. Somerset Archaeology 1981. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 126. 69-91. 63.
  • <3> Unassigned: McDonnell, R WAT. 04.07.84.
  • <4> Report: McDonnell, R. 1985. Recommendations for the Management.... 52-3 (site 46).
  • <5> Map: 1996. SS84SW. 37.
  • <6> Unassigned: RCHME.



Grid reference Centred SS 802 425 (46m by 46m)
Map sheet SS84SW

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  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33138

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Mar 10 2014 11:45AM


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