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HER Number:MDV10927
Name:Earthwork Mound on Berry Cliff, East of Berry Camp, Branscombe

Summary

A mound of unknown date and function is visible on digital images derived from Lidar data as a low, tongue shaped earthwork on the cliff edge east of Berry Camp. A possible accompanying ditch or pit is visible to the west of the mound. It is likely that part of the earthwork mound has been lost to coastal erosion.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 191 881
Map Sheet:SY18NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBranscombe
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRANSCOMBE

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of three prehistoric barrows east of Berry Camp

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 448906
  • National Trust SMR: 100038
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY18NE/23

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • BARROW? (Early Bronze Age to Modern - 2200 BC to 2013 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=14/6/1972 (grinsell) subtriangular mound on cliff edge. Slight ditch on west.7m dia, 0.9m high. Possible barrow.


NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV123813.

Vis=6/3/1989 (os) remains of a prominent mound of flat ground under grass on the edge of berry cliff. It is recorded as a sub-rectangular mound, a possible barrow, by grinsell as branscombe. Part of the mound has slipped over the cliff edge; the remaining part is tongue-shaped in plan, measuring 7m by 5m by 1.2m. A ditch up to 2m wide and 0.3m deep extends along the w flank and could have provided much of the material for the mound itself, a section through the mound is exposed in a cliff face, revealing topsoil 0.3m deep over a 1m depth of small flints in a soil matrix. This mound is only possible sepulchral; in its present damaged state, it is difficult to judge. It does, however, appear to lie over a ploughed down field boundary of uncertain date. In the absence of excavation t is best regarded as of uncertain date. This feature falls within the scheduled area of berry cliff camp but is not mentioned in the schedule (nmr citing os).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV123814.

Osa=sy18ne12.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV123815.

Page/vch,devon/(1906)575. /fig.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV123816.

Des=timms (13/12/1979) as above.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV123817.

Des=photograph in parish file.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV123818.

Des=grinsell, l. /barrows of south and east devon/(1982)/branscombe no 6 (in smr).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV123819.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/41(1983)29.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV123820.

Des=survey drawing(1:1,000)by rchme(1989)in parish file.


Timms, S. C., Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV2.

Vis=13/12/1979 (timms) the south part of this mound has been eroded by the cliff. Under grass. Barrow lies within scheduled area of berry cliff camp (am 90) but is not named in the schedule. See sy18ne/27.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=2/6/1958(os) tumulus. On the edge of the cliff at the eastern extremity of berry cliff camp.


Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, 133 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Possible barrow to east of Berry Cliff Camp. Partly eroded by cliff. Remaining part circa 7 metres by 5 metres by 1.2 metres with ditch on west side. Lies within scheduled area of Berry Cliff Camp but not named in the schedule.


Exeter Archaeology, 2004, East Devon AONB Archaeological Survey. Beer Head and Berry Camp (Report - non-specific). SDV347613.

Mound subject to coastal erosion and should be excavated and recorded.


Environment Agency, 2006-2007, LiDAR data JPEG image (1 metre resolution), LIDAR SY 1888 Environment Agency D0075805 Nov 2006 - Mar 2007 (Cartographic). SDV356180.

A mound and possible ditch or pit are visible as earthworks.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

A possible barrow or cairn is visible on digital images derived from Lidar data as a low, tongue shaped earthwork mound on the cliff edge east of Berry Camp. The visible mound measures approximately 7 by 5 metres in size. A possible pit is visible to the west of the mound. It is unclear whether this is evidence of an enclosing ditch or a quarry pit of which the mound is the spoil. It is likely that a significant proportion of the earthworks have been lost to coastal erosion. The relationship between the possible mound and the linear earthwork that can be seen immediately to the north is unclear from the aerial photographs alone. Excavation in advance of the loss of the possible mound is recommended.


Pink, F., 2014-2015, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV123813Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV123814Migrated Record:
SDV123815Migrated Record:
SDV123816Migrated Record:
SDV123817Migrated Record:
SDV123818Migrated Record:
SDV123819Migrated Record:
SDV123820Migrated Record:
SDV2Report - Survey: Timms, S. C..
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV347613Report - non-specific: Exeter Archaeology. 2004. East Devon AONB Archaeological Survey. Beer Head and Berry Camp. Exeter Archaeology Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. 133.
SDV356180Cartographic: Environment Agency. 2006-2007. LiDAR data JPEG image (1 metre resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SY 1888 Environment Agency D0075805 Nov 2006 - Mar 2007. [Mapped feature: #68618 ]
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014-2015. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments

MDV10899Related to: Berry Cliff Camp, Branscombe (Monument)
MDV20100Related to: Earthwork Mound East of Berry Camp, Branscombe (Monument)
MDV20101Related to: Earthworks above Littlecombe Shoot (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5183 - Assessment of Berry Camp and Beer Head

Date Last Edited:Feb 2 2015 4:02PM