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HER Number:MDV22790
Name:Prehistoric Settlement south of Bantham


Site of a Prehistoric settlement to the south of Bantham. Potential for confusion with fungus rings visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs taken in 2007.


Grid Reference:SX 666 432
Map Sheet:SX64SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishThurlestone
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishTHURLESTONE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX64SE/42

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE? (Unknown date)
  • SETTLEMENT (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

OS CITING ELLIOT, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177832.

On the hill to the south of bantham ham are indications of a settlement in the shape of 2 or 3 low ring-like hut circles (os citing elliot).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177834.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177835.

Elliot, a. S. /tda/33(1901)478.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=14/8/1986 (os). These circular features were not identified within the loose ngr cited. The area lies on the rounded end of a narrow coastal ridge. Much of this high ground is covered by a golf course, and the remainder subdivided into small fields (os).

Next Perspectives, 2007, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SX6643 22-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349355.

Several fungus rings are visible as distinct dark cropmarks across Thurlestone Golf Course.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

Numerous fungus rings on Thurlestone Golf Course are visible on aerial photographs taken in May 2007. They range in size from approximately 9 metres at circa SX6683043122 to 27 metres at circa SX6682642674. Some of the smaller examples are visible as circular rings, close to the location of hut circles recorded by the Ordnance Survey in 1901, citing Elliot. It is possible that the putative hut circles were in fact fungus rings visible as a change in vegetation or colour at ground level, but this is difficult to determine as the OS record does not specify whether earthworks or cropmarks / parchmarks were observed. The 1901 source was not available to the survey so the details could not be checked.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV177832Migrated Record: OS CITING ELLIOT.
SDV177834Migrated Record:
SDV177835Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV349355Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2007. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SX6643 22-MAY-2007.
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)

Date Last Edited:May 15 2014 5:09PM