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HER Number:MDV14518
Name:Ring Ditch North-East of The Barton, North Tawton

Summary

Cropmarks of a possible Bronze Age double ring ditch or a Roman signalling tower are visible on aerial photographs taken from 1975 onwards, to the north east of The Barton, North Tawton.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 663 008
Map Sheet:SS60SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNorth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH TAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 896758
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS60SE/34
  • Old SAM Ref: 10384.02

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING DITCH (Early Bronze Age to Roman - 2200 BC to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

NMR, Untitled Source, 37-38,62-67 (Aerial Photograph). SDV237284.


Cambridge University Collection, 1975, Untitled Source, 20-22 (Aerial Photograph). SDV237278.


Silvester, R. J., 1978, Untitled Source, 249-53 (Article in Serial). SDV237275.

Cropmark site. Ring ditch nearly 38 metres in diameter, and bisected by a grubbed up field boundary. Double ditched. By analogy, should be Bronze Age. Other details: Plan + photo.


Grinsell, L. V., 1983, The Barrows of South and East Devon, 46 (Article in Serial). SDV337013.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, Roman Military Sites in Devon: Some Recent Discoveries, 11-32 (Article in Serial). SDV35308.

Possible interpretation as Roman signalling tower suggested by Griffith.


Griffith, F. M., 1985, DAP/FH, 5,5a (Aerial Photograph). SDV237281.


Griffith, F. M., 1991, DAP/UN, 1-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV237285.


Horner, B., 1995, DAP/XQ, 5-11 (Aerial Photograph). SDV319974.


Griffith, F. M., 1995, DAP/YB, 3-10,13-14 (Aerial Photograph). SDV274742.


Griffith, F. M., 1995, DAP/YC, 1-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV274743.


Miller, A., 1995, RCHME Aerial Photograph Primary Recording Project (Interpretation). SDV237283.


Exeter Archaeology, 1999, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Development Site at Barton Hill, North Tawton, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV274744.


Department of Environment, 2003, Roman Forts, Marching Camps and Associated Monuments (Schedule Document). SDV343864.

The monument includes a complex of large Roman military enclosures together with a series of smaller enclosures and ring-ditches in fields around The Barton on the east bank of the River Taw. Three of the ring ditches lie to the north of The Barton, the fourth lies further south, at the north-western angle of the northernmost fort. Unusually, three of the four have double concentric ditches, the fourth has a single ditch. They are identified as prehistoric funerary features, although, in view of their proximity to the military complex and their unusual double layout, they may be Roman military works. Additional cropmarks between the northernmost fort and The Barton are identified as prehistoric enclosures and land boundaries.


Passmore, A. J., 2004, Archaeological Recording at Site of New Warehouse for Vital Dog Supplies, The Barton, North Tawton, 1 (Report - Watching Brief). SDV319972.

Double ring ditch nearly 38 metres diameter bisected by a field boundary.


Young, A., 2005, Transcriptions from Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project (Cartographic). SDV321540.

Transcriptions of ditches correspond to the grid reference for PRN166954.


Young, A. & Turner, S., 2005-2006, North Devon/Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project database records, PRN166954 (Interpretation). SDV358473.

A double-ditched ring ditch roughly 25m (internal) and 38m (external) in diameter is visible on aerial photos (p1). Its outer ditch has a width of only 1.1m, while its inner ditch is 4.7m wide. Both ditches have a break intheir NW edge; it is likely that these are entrances. The enclosure has been digitally plotted as part of the National Mapping Programme.
Photograph reference:
1. DCC DAP UN 01 (NMR SS 6600/62- 13458/01) 03-JUN-1991


National Monuments Record, 2009, 896758 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV237282.

Two round barrow sites, of Prehistoric or Roman date, seen as cropmarks. Other details: SS60SE 30.


English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West, 119 (Report - non-specific). SDV342694.

Generally satisfactory but with significant localised problems. Principal vulnerability arable ploughing.


English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West, 112 (Report - non-specific). SDV344777.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object previously based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV237275Article in Serial: Silvester, R. J.. 1978. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. 249-53.
SDV237278Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University Collection. 1975. BTR20-22. 20-22.
SDV237281Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. DAP/FH. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5,5a.
SDV237282National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2009. 896758. National Monuments Record Index. Website.
SDV237283Interpretation: Miller, A.. 1995. RCHME Aerial Photograph Primary Recording Project. RCHME Aerial Photograph Primary Recording Project. Map (Paper).
SDV237284Aerial Photograph: NMR. 6600. 37-38,62-67.
SDV237285Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1991. DAP/UN. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-6.
SDV274742Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1995. DAP/YB. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3-10,13-14.
SDV274743Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1995. DAP/YC. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-5.
SDV274744Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1999. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Development Site at Barton Hill, North Tawton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 99.88. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.
SDV319972Report - Watching Brief: Passmore, A. J.. 2004. Archaeological Recording at Site of New Warehouse for Vital Dog Supplies, The Barton, North Tawton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 04.11. A4 Stapled + Digital. 1.
SDV319974Aerial Photograph: Horner, B.. 1995. DAP/XQ. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5-11.
SDV321540Cartographic: Young, A.. 2005. Transcriptions from Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project. Plot of Cropmarks. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81279 ]
SDV337013Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1983. The Barrows of South and East Devon. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 41. Paperback Volume. 46.
SDV342694Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West. English Heritage Report. A4 Bound +Digital. 119.
SDV343864Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 2003. Roman Forts, Marching Camps and Associated Monuments. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV344777Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2010. Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West. English Heritage Report. Digital. 112.
SDV35308Article in Serial: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. Roman Military Sites in Devon: Some Recent Discoveries. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 42. A5 Paperback. 11-32.
SDV358473Interpretation: Young, A. & Turner, S.. 2005-2006. North Devon/Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project database records. Cornwall Council Report. Digital. PRN166954.

Associated Monuments

MDV17626Related to: Probable Ring Ditch North of The Barton, North Tawton (Monument)
MDV29192Related to: Ring Ditch to south of The Barton, North Tawton (Monument)
MDV14517Related to: Ring Ditches North of The Barton, North Tawton (Monument)
MDV4525Related to: Roman Marching Camp north of The Barton, North Tawton I (Monument)
MDV70556Related to: Roman Marching Camp North of The Barton, North Tawton II (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV372 - Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Development Site at Barton Hill, North Tawton
  • EDV379 - Archaeological recording at site of new warehouse for Vital Dog Supplies, The Barton, North Tawton
  • EDV7455 - Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme

Date Last Edited:Feb 26 2018 4:45PM