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HER Number:MDV29192
Name:Ring Ditch to south of The Barton, North Tawton

Summary

Cropmarks of a prehistoric ring ditch of a possible double ditched barrow are visible on aerial photographs of 1975 onwards, within the north-west corner of the Roman fort.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 659 002
Map Sheet:SS60SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNorth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH TAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1032517
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS60SE/68
  • Old SAM Ref: 10384

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING DITCH (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, SS6500, 3-4 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267561.


National Monuments Record, SS6600, 4-8, 10-12, 14-23, 25-36, 41-46, 52, 57-61. (Aerial Photograph). SDV267562.


Cambridge University, 1975, CUC/BTR, 23-4 (Aerial Photograph). SDV274730.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/AU, 7a-10 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267542.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/BF, 7, 8 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267543.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/BN, 3, 4, 4a (Aerial Photograph). SDV267547.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/CG, 4, 5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267548.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/DC, 6,7,8,8a,9,10,11,12,13 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267549.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/DD, 1,2,3,4a( (Aerial Photograph). SDV35304.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/DG, 3,4,5,6,6a,7,8,9,9a,10 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267551.


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

Exactly at the north-west corner of the Roman cropmark fort lies a double ring ditch, apparently cut by the fort ditch. Overall diameter circa 38 metres. Recorded by air photography 1975 (Cambridge University) and 1984 (F. M. Griffith). Shown on transcriptions and discussed by Griffith. Other details: Figures 4-5, plate 6.


Griffith, F. M., 1986, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV343872.

Site visit during 1985. A slight rise can be discerned on the ground at this point, increasing the likelihood that this should be interpreted as a double- ditched barrow.


Griffith, F. M., 1989, DAP/LH, 1-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV343657.


Miller, A., 1995, Untitled Source (Interpretation). SDV237339.


Gent, T. H., 1996, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Golf Course at the Hams, North Tawton, 10 (Report - Assessment). SDV319191.


Griffith, F. M., 1996, DAP/AAN, 10-14 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267570.


Exeter Archaeology, 1999, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Development Site at Barton Hill, North Tawton, 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV274744.


Passmore, A. J., 2003, Archaeological Recording During Gas Main Realignment South of Newland Mill, North Tawton, 2, 4 (Report - Survey). SDV219497.

The area scheduled as an ancient monument 1989. During excavation of a gas pipeline trench in 2003 the ring ditch was not encountered but a sherd of prehistoric pottery was recovered from trench 2 dating from circa 1500-500 BC. Other details: Figure 3.


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.


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

Transcriptions of curvilinear ditches correspond to the grid reference for PRN167056.


Young, A. & Turner, S., 2005-2006, North Devon/Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project database records, PRN167056 (Interpretation). SDV358473.

An almost sub-circular feature comprising at least three fragmented concentric ditched enclosures is visible on aerial photos (p1). The inner ditched enclosure has a diameter of roughly 15m; the middle enclosure 24m and the outer enclosure 34m. A further length of ditch is visible between the inner and middle enclosures but appears to overlie these features. The site has been digitally plotted as part of the National Mapping Programme.
Aerial photograph:
1. DCC DAP AU 7A-10 (NMR SS 6600/5-7- 3517/7A-9) 03-JUL-1984


National Monuments Record, 2009, 1032517 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV343871.

Ring ditch, of uncertain date, seen as a cropmark. Other details: SS60SE45.


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.


Stocker, S., 2010, Field Walk Report (Report - Survey). SDV348293.


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


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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219497Report - Survey: Passmore, A. J.. 2003. Archaeological Recording During Gas Main Realignment South of Newland Mill, North Tawton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 03.25. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2, 4.
SDV237339Interpretation: Miller, A.. 1995. RCHME Aerial Photograph Primary Recording Project. Digital.
SDV267542Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/AU. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7a-10.
SDV267543Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/BF. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7, 8.
SDV267547Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/BN. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3, 4, 4a.
SDV267548Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/CG. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4, 5.
SDV267549Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/DC. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 6,7,8,8a,9,10,11,12,13.
SDV267551Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/DG. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3,4,5,6,6a,7,8,9,9a,10.
SDV267561Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. SS6500. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3-4.
SDV267562Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. SS6600. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4-8, 10-12, 14-23, 25-36, 41-46, 52, 57-61..
SDV267570Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1996. DAP/AAN. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 10-14.
SDV274730Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1975. CUC/BTR. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper) + Digital (Scan). 23-4.
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. 2.
SDV319191Report - Assessment: Gent, T. H.. 1996. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Golf Course at the Hams, North Tawton. Exeter Archaeology Report. 96.09. A4 Stapled + Digital. 10.
SDV321540Cartographic: Young, A.. 2005. Transcriptions from Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project. Plot of Cropmarks. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86415 ]
SDV342694Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West. English Heritage Report. A4 Bound +Digital. 119.
SDV343657Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1989. DAP/LH. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-6.
SDV343864Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 2003. Roman Forts, Marching Camps and Associated Monuments. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV343871National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2009. 1032517. National Monuments Record Index. Website.
SDV343872Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1986.
SDV344777Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2010. Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West. English Heritage Report. Digital. 112.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV348293Report - Survey: Stocker, S.. 2010. Field Walk Report. Digital.
SDV35304Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/DD. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1,2,3,4a(.
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. PRN167056.

Associated Monuments

MDV55836Related to: ENCLOSURE in the Parish of North Tawton (Monument)
MDV121128Related to: Enclosure, south of The Barton, North Tawton (Monument)
MDV29193Related to: North Tawton Roman Fort II (Monument)
MDV17626Related to: Probable Ring Ditch North of The Barton, North Tawton (Monument)
MDV14518Related to: Ring Ditch North-East of The Barton, North Tawton (Monument)
MDV14517Related to: Ring Ditches North of The Barton, North Tawton (Monument)
MDV103778Related to: Roman Military Complex at North Tawton (Monument)
MDV67181Related to: TRACKWAY in the Parish of North Tawton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7455 - Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme
  • EDV5671 - Field Survey South of Newland Mill

Date Last Edited:Feb 23 2018 3:27PM