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Monument Number 35296

Hob Uid: 35296
Location :
Devon
North Devon
Brendon and Countisbury
Grid Ref : SS7889043730
Summary : A circular enclosure measuring 13m in diameter defined by a turf-covered stony bank 3m wide and 0.4m high. It has an entrance on the southern side of 1.4m. The date and purpose of the monument is uncertain but it is thought to be of prehistoric date and possibly an enclosed cremation cemetery.
More information : At SS 7889 4373, on an exposed ridge, is a circular heather-covered bank of earth, 4.0m wide overall and 0.3m high, with a 2.0m wide gap in the S. The interior, at natural ground level, is 13.5m in diameter and featureless. Clearly visible on the AP this is possibly an enclosed cremation ceremony.

Surveyed at 1:2500 on PFD. (1)

Centred at SS 7889 4373 are the remains of a circular enclosure, measuring 13m in diameter. It is defined by a turf-covered stony bank 3m wide and 0.4m high. An entrance 1.4m wide, with well-defined terminals, is visible on the southern side; the eastern terminal has several stones within it possibly suggesting a completely collapsed revetment or wall. The interior is featureless, and is now covered in tussocky grass.

The date and purpose of the feature are uncertain, but it is likely to be of prehistoric date. (2-4)

The enclosure described above is clearly visible on aerial photographs as a circular earthwork. Several other prehistoric monuments can be seen within a 500 metre radius of this monument, including two similar circular enclosures. Numerous impact craters are visible in the immediate vicinity of these monuments, presumably related to the Second World War Exmoor Firing Range, and indicating that the monuments may have suffered some damage (5).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : AP(OS 73/087/680)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 08-SEP-76
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Wilson-North W R 26-APRIL-1994 RCHME Field Investigation.
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Source Number : 4
Source : Badgworthy Environs/pencil survey
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Source Number : 5
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR OS/73087 679-80 17-APR-1973
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Enclosed Cremation Cemetery
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Prehistoric, Roman
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Monument Type : Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 12285
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : HER Number (Exmoor National Park)
External Cross Reference Number : MDE1274
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 74 SE 31
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 35293
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1476280
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 74 SE 31
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1976-09-08
End Date : 1976-09-08
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WEST EXMOOR PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2007-04-01
End Date : 2009-07-01