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HER Number:MDV108689
Name:Ring Ditch to West of Sunnyside Cottages, Silverton


One of five ring ditches of probable prehistoric date or Roman is visible on aerial photographs as a cropmark on a saddle of higher ground to the west of Sunnyside Cottages, Silverton.


Grid Reference:SS 983 017
Map Sheet:SS90SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSilverton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSILVERTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric ring ditches and linears south west of Clysthayes Bridge

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1571755
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS90SE/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING DITCH (Early Iron Age to Roman - 700 BC to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, Devon Air Photograph Transcriptions (Cartographic). SDV344181.

National Monuments Record, SS9801 (Aerial Photograph). SDV344170.

Balkwill, Untitled Source (Unattributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry). SDV340440.

Several small ring ditches, 10-20 metres in diameter. May be hut circles. Shown as cropmarks. No obvious enclosure. Linear marks may be associated with them.

Cambridge University, 1959, CUC/ZS, 43-44 (Aerial Photograph). SDV321048.

Four small circular marks close together, possibly ring ditches, diameters under 10 metres. Recorded from air as crop mark. Other details: 44 in Historic Environment Record.

Historic England, 1984, NMR 2162, NMR 2162/1061-1067 02-JUL-1984 (Aerial Photograph). SDV357541.

Cropmarks of linear ditched features are visible.

Robinson, R., 1987 - 2000, Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project (Un-published). SDV342165.

Site visit: 23rd January 1991. Level field in Culm valley, nothing visible. No change in soil colour. Other details: Photo P5.

Griffith, F. M., 1995, DAP/XZ, Devon County Council DAP/XZ 3-5 5-JUL-1995 (Aerial Photograph). SDV344171.

Five ring ditches are visible as cropmarks.

National Trust, 2000, Killerton Estate Archaeological Survey. Part 5. The Farms: Francis Court - Yarde, 427 (Report - Survey). SDV39783.

Site immediately south of railway line and west of Sunnyside cottages. Other details: 3.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

A possible ring ditch of probable prehistoric date was visible on aerial photographs as a cropmark on a saddle of higher ground to the west of Sunnyside Cottages, overlooking the River Culm to the east and a tributary combe to the west. The cropmark is up to circa 1.3 metres wide and incomplete, visible as a semi-circular cropmark enclosing an area circa 15 metres in diameter. The five ring ditches are closely grouped and might be evidence of an unenclosed round house settlement, potentially associated with linear ditched features, possibly field boundaries, also visible as cropmarks in this area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV321048Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1959. CUC/ZS. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). 43-44.
SDV340440Unattributed Sites and Monuments Register Entry: Balkwill. Unknown.
SDV342165Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1987 - 2000. Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project. Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project. A4 Unbound.
SDV344170Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. SS9801. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown.
SDV344171Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1995. DAP/XZ. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). Devon County Council DAP/XZ 3-5 5-JUL-1995. [Mapped feature: #68040 ]
SDV344181Cartographic: Devon County Council. Devon Air Photograph Transcriptions. Devon Air Photograph Transcriptions. Map (Digital).
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV357541Aerial Photograph: Historic England. 1984. NMR 2162. NMR Aerial Photograph. Print. NMR 2162/1061-1067 02-JUL-1984.
SDV39783Report - Survey: National Trust. 2000. Killerton Estate Archaeological Survey. Part 5. The Farms: Francis Court - Yarde. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 427.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)

Date Last Edited:Dec 10 2014 1:42PM