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HER Number:MDV112719
Name:Possible Mortuary Enclosure North-East of Shillingford


A subrectangular dark cropmark, visible on aerial photographs taken in summer 1999, is tentatively interpreted as having formed over a possible Neolithic mortuary enclosure.


Grid Reference:SX 909 883
Map Sheet:SX98NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishShillingford St. George

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Two prehistoric sub-rectangular, single ditched enclosures south east of Markhams Farm
  • SHINE: Earthworks of Catch (water)meadow system and cropmark of possible rectilinear Enclosure

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX98NW/97
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MORTUARY ENCLOSURE? (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC (Between))

Full description

GetMapping, 1999, 102/99, Devon County Council GetMapping/102/99 55-56 25-JUL-1999 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352495.

A subrectangular dark cropmark is visible.

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

A subrectangular dark cropmark, circa 11 by 33 metres in plan, is visible on aerial photographs taken in summer 1999. The long sides, circa 2 metres in width, are broadly parallel and appear slightly bowed in layout. The form and prominent location is consistent with an interpretation as a Neolithic mortuary enclosure, the cropmarks having formed over the buried remains of an infilled ditch. However as this feature is visible on only a single run of aerial photographs, and such features are rare in the archaeological record, interpretation is tentative and other interpretations, such as a pillow mound, are possible.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV352495Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999. 102/99. GetMapping Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). Devon County Council GetMapping/102/99 55-56 25-JUL-1999. [Mapped feature: #72087 ]
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

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:Apr 27 2018 5:24PM