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HER Number:MDV113236
Name:Possible Natural Features or Former Pits South of Exminster


Two irregularly shaped cropmarks, visible on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards, may have formed over former pits, or perhaps more likely over natural features.


Grid Reference:SX 945 869
Map Sheet:SX98NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExminster
Ecclesiastical ParishEXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE? (Unknown date)
  • PIT? (Early Bronze Age to Post Medieval - 2200 BC to 1750 AD)

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

No features are depicted in this location.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1412, RAF/106G/UK/1412 RP 4014-4015 13-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352504.

Two pale roughly circular cropmarks are visible.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995, RAF CPE/UK/1995 1318-1319 13-APR-1947 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354842.

Two irregular ring-shaped dark cropmarks are visible.

Devon County Council, 1984, DAP 8467, DAP 8467/5 23-JUN-1984 (T) (Aerial Photograph). SDV355382.

Two dark irregular cropmarks are visible.

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

Two irregularly shaped cropmarks, 10-12 by 14-15 metres, are visible on aerial photographs taken from 1946 onwards. They are visible first as two roughly circular pale cropmarks on aerial photographs taken in 1946, and by 1947 they were showing as irregular dark rings, perhaps forming along the boundary of a cut feature with more humic infill that retained more water. In later aerial photographs they are visible as irregular dark cropmarks. Their proximity to the ditched enclosure identified from aerial photographs to the south-west (MDV28649) and prehistoric cut features to the south east (e.g. MDV72128) suggests that these features may also have formed over former pits of later prehistoric or Roman date. However their persistence and irregular shape suggests that they are perhaps more likely to be of natural or geological origin.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV352504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1412. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1412 RP 4014-4015 13-APR-1946.
SDV354842Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF CPE/UK/1995 1318-1319 13-APR-1947.
SDV355382Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council. 1984. DAP 8467. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DAP 8467/5 23-JUN-1984 (T). [Mapped feature: #72569 ]
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:Dec 2 2015 5:28PM