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Monument Number 1230649

Hob Uid: 1230649
Location :
Somerset West and Taunton
Grid Ref : ST0005041090
Summary : The earthwork remains of a small later prehistoric enclosure are visible north of Higher Dumbledeer, Withycombe Hill. It has been damaged by trackways and cattle movement, and is heavily obscured by vegetation in places. It lies within an area of Iron Age/Romano British field system (see NMR UID 188620) but due to its poor condition it is not possible to determine an exact relationship, if any.
More information : The earthwork remains of a small, later prehistoric enclosure lie to the north of Higher Dumbledeer, on the unenclosed land on Withycombe Hill, at ST 0005 4109. The enclosure was previously recorded as part of ST 04 SW 18. The enclosure was first noted in 1840 by Savage, who interpreted it as a stone circle (1).

The enclosure was surveyed at a scale of 1:2500 in March 1999 using differential GPS as part of the Exmoor Project. It is oval in shape, measures 44m E-W x 50m N-S and encloses an area 0.15 ha. The enclosure is defined by a spread, stony bank or scarp, on average 0.5m high. The SW quadrant has been damaged by a track and by cattle poaching. The interior (and some of the enclosure bank) is difficult to survey and interpret due to bracken and brambles. Traces of an inner scarp 0.3m high are discernible. The entrance may lie in the eastern portion of the enclosure where the vegetation is most impenetrable.

The enclosure lies within an area of Iron Age/Romano-British field system (ST 04 SW 18), but vegetation and cattle damage obsure their exact relationship (2).

Part of the enclosure described above is visible on aerial photographs, but for the most part is heavily obscured by the trackways and vegetation (3).

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source details : Savage J 1840 History of the Hundred of Carhampton
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Riley H 1999 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 3
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 58/5159 195-96 04-JUN-1962
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Later Prehistoric
Display Date : Later Prehistoric
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 34264
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MSO8633
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 04 SW 70
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 188620
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01