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Ponters Ball

Hob Uid: 196694
Location :
Somerset
Mendip
Glastonbury
Grid Ref : ST5346038220
Summary : Iron Age or Medieval defensive linear earthwork
More information : [ST 53013730 - ST 53463822] Ponter's Ball [G.T.] (1)

This is a linear earthwork about 15ft. high and ditched on the east. It is a five-eights mile long, and runs NNE-SSW across the high ground between Hearty Moor (ST 5339) and Kennard Moor (ST 5236), both formerly swamps. It probably formed a continuous defensive barrier with the earthwork 'New Ditch, (of similar construction and orientation), some three miles to the SW [ST 53 SW 20.]

Bulleid put a section across Ponter's Ball in 1909, but found very little except a few potsherds; some fragments, from the old turf line under the bank, were regarded by Sir Hercules Read as Bronze Age: others, deep in the ditch, were thought to be Glastonbury Lake Village type, but as no sherd was decorated this classification is tentative. Pottery in Taunton Museum. (2-4)

This earthwork is similar to New Ditch but of more formidable construction. The gap through which the modern road passes is staggered and appears to be original; to the north of it the ditch is well defined, but to the south has been obscured by a modern hedge and drainage ditch.

Radford suggests Ponter's Ball as part of a great Celtic sanctuary: probably 3rd.c. B.C.

The pottery from here is still in Taunton Museum (ACC.3434). surveyed at 1:2500. (5)

Ponter's Ball is possibly sub-Roman and connected with the DA occupation on Glastonbury Tor (ST 53 NW 4).

Excavation in 1970 appears to date Ponters Ball, at least at the point examined, to the 12th century or later. (6-7)

Additional references. (8-9)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" Prov. 1962
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : VCH (Som.) 2 1911 523-4
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : //// Somerset and Dorset Notes and Queries March 1989 (E Burrow)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : P Som A S 72 1926 lvii-lviii (A Bullied)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Ibid 94 1948 51 (Mus. Acc.)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : A N King F1 12-10-66
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Source Number : 5a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Glastonbury Abbey (Guide) 1966 3-4 (C A Ralegh-Radford)
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Medieval Sites in the Mendip etc (BARG) 1969 9. (P Rahtz et al.)
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Archaeology and the Landscape 1972 199 (Ed P J Fowler)
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Source Number : 7b
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Poyntz-Wright forthcoming
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Source Number : 8
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : //// Ancient Earthwork and Camps of Somerset 1924 134-5 illustrs.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Iron Age
Display Date : Iron Age
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -800
Monument Type : Linear Earthwork
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Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Linear Earthwork
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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SO 402
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : ST 53 NW 3
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : PONTER'S BALL
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1909-01-01
End Date : 1909-12-31
Associated Activities : PONTER'S BALL
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1970-01-01
End Date : 1970-12-31