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HER Number:MDV19189
Name:Enclosure Banks, Miltor Mator Common, Dainton


Excavation of the banks of the enclosures at Dainton found them to be constructed of stone with no apparent ditch


Grid Reference:SX 858 667
Map Sheet:SX86NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishIpplepen
Ecclesiastical ParishIPPLEPEN

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86NE/37/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Iron Age - 700 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Willis, L. + Rogers, E. H., 1951, Dainton Earthworks, 79-101 (Article in Serial). SDV346297.

The composition of the banks of the enclosures at Dainton were examined in 1939 and 1949. Trench A (1939) was across the north bank of the western enclosure. The bank was found to be constructed of stones with no apparent ditch. The finds (pottery, worked flints, querns etc) were on the surface or in the crevices of the natural limestone. There was no stratigraphy. In 1949 the trench was extended with much the same results, and another cut, F, was made nearby. The bank was found to be much eroded. The finds, which included many small fragments of human bones (? disturbed burial) came from a layer beyond the north face (? lynchet). Cut E was made through a rectangular depression against the west bank of the west enclosure, but with little result. Trench C (1939) in the eastern enclosure revealed revetting of the bank by limestone slabs on the east side, and nearby cut D showed revetting on both sides. Similar finds were found in all cuts. The banks are dated by pottery to the Iron Age.

Exeter Archaeology, 1997, Miltor Mator Common, Dainton Assessment of Archaeological Potential: Summary Results of Recent Archaeological Survey, 3 (Report - Assessment). SDV358085.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #82439 ]
SDV346297Article in Serial: Willis, L. + Rogers, E. H.. 1951. Dainton Earthworks. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Exploration Society. 4.4. Paperback Volume. 79-101.
SDV358085Report - Assessment: Exeter Archaeology. 1997. Miltor Mator Common, Dainton Assessment of Archaeological Potential: Summary Results of Recent Archaeological Survey. Exeter Archaeology. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3.

Associated Monuments

MDV8698Part of: Two Enclosures on Miltor Mator Common (Monument)
MDV8713Related to: Prehistoric field system at Dainton Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 14 2015 12:26PM