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HER Number:MDV17721
Name:Two Possible Rectilinear Ditched Enclosures South of Pearce's Hill


Two dark rectilinear cropmarks, visible on aerial photographs taken between 1959 and 1999, may have formed over buried ditches of later prehistoric or Roman enclosures, but it is possible that some parts may be of geological origin.


Grid Reference:SX 927 879
Map Sheet:SX98NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishExminster
Ecclesiastical ParishEXMINSTER

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX98NW/69

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Early Bronze Age to Roman - 2200 BC to 409 AD (Between))
  • RECTILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Early Bronze Age to Roman - 2200 BC to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

DPRFP, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262469.

Linear features to north visible in dap. T1 + 2 (june 1984). Vis=23/3/1989 (robinson). Site of circular enclosure partly destroyed by new enbamkment. Steep n slope, nothing visible. 'little silver' enclosure also trucated by new cutting. Gentle e slope, nothing visible (dprfp).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV307548.

Aph=cuc/zs 85,87(6/7/1959)/in smr.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV307549.

Aph=dap/t 1 + 2(23/6/1984).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV307550.

Des=dprfp 1989(and photo l 37).

Griffith, F. M., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV8774.

On cambridge air photographs, parts of two rectilinear enclosures and a curving mark that may be part of a circular one are visible as cropmarks. This complex is probably part of a system that also includes sx98nw/16 and sx98nw/34 (griffith).

Cambridge University, 1959, CUC/ZS, Devon County Council CUCAP ZS87 06-JUL-1959 (Aerial Photograph). SDV321048.

Two rectilinear cropmarks are visible.

Devon County Council, 1984, DAP 8467, DAP 8467/1-2 23-JUN-1984 (T) (Aerial Photograph). SDV355382.

Two dark rectilinear cropmarks are visible.

Get Mapping, 1999, GM/121/99, Devon County Council GetMapping/121/99 479-480 24-JUL-1999 (Aerial Photograph). SDV355055.

A dark rectilinear cropmark is visible.

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

Two dark rectilinear cropmarks are visible on aerial photographs taken between 1959 and 1999. The westernmost, circa 2 metres in width and with visible dimensions of 70 by 25 metres, is very clearly defined on several runs of photographs. The easternmost, part of which appears to be much wider at 5 metres, is clearly visible only on the earlier runs. It is possible that the wider part of this is geological in origin, and the narrower section aligned south-west to north-east may be a continuation of part of the westernmost cropmark. The latter at least is consistent with an interpretation as having formed over a buried ditch of a later prehistoric or Roman enclosure.
Many of the aerial photographs consulted are copies of DAPs held by the Historic England Archive. One has been recorded here as an additional separate source because there is a possibility that the prints may have been processed differently. This would potentially result in images on which archaeological features show slightly differently.

Devon County Council, 2019, Google Earth Aerial Photograph Pilot Project, GE71 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363341.

(SX 92771 87922) Enclosures south-east of Little Silver Plantation. Enclosures MDV17721 and linears visible on the 2018 Google Earth image. Bronze Age to Romano-British in date.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV262469Migrated Record: DPRFP.
SDV307548Aerial Photograph:
SDV307549Aerial Photograph:
SDV307550Migrated Record:
SDV321048Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1959. CUC/ZS. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). Devon County Council CUCAP ZS87 06-JUL-1959.
SDV355055Aerial Photograph: Get Mapping. 1999. GM/121/99. Get Mapping Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). Devon County Council GetMapping/121/99 479-480 24-JUL-1999.
SDV355382Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council. 1984. DAP 8467. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DAP 8467/1-2 23-JUN-1984 (T). [Mapped feature: #82096 ]
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
SDV8774Migrated Record: Griffith, F. M..

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 2 2020 11:51AM