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HER Number:MDV29550
Name:Ditched enclosures north of Liberty Cottage, Ashcombe

Summary

Linear ditches are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs of 1984 and 1985 to the north of Liberty Cottage, Ashcombe. The cropmarks are probably evidence of enclosure of probable later prehistoric to Roman date.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 919 793
Map Sheet:SX97NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAshcombe
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishASHCOMBE

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Three prehistoric rectangular, single ditched enclosures and linears south east of Ashcombe Barton

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX97NW/72

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RECTILINEAR ENCLOSURE (Iron Age - 700 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

AP, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV286695.

Se of ashcombe. Parts of at least 3 single ditched rectangular enclosures + other linear features, recorded as cropmarks by f. Griffith in july 1984 (ap).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV286702.

Des=dprfp 1989(and photos i4,5,6).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV286704.

Des=ea/haldon ridge survey archive/(9/7/1996)/in smr.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV286705.

Des=dyer, m.(exeter archaeology)/dcc haldon ridge survey: summary report/(1996)30/(ea report 96.26).


MANNING + TURTON, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV125236.

Part of the e enclosure and at least one linear feature lie within proposed pipeline corridor (manning + turton).


DPRFP, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262469.

Vis=17/1/1989 (robinson) gentle sw slope, nothing visible. Marks do not relate to old tithe map field boundaries. Quarry site in field called 'burrow' adjacent (dprfp).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV79.

Vis=12/3/1996 (ea) at sx91907941. Field under kale, partially within area of cropmark site. Tradition that 'trinkets' had been found in this field.


Devon County Council, 1984, DAP/AQ, Devon County Council DAP/AQ 2A-5 02-JUL-1984 (Aerial Photograph). SDV286385.

Linear cropmarks of ditches are visible.


Manning, P. T. + Turton, S. D., 1995, Archaeological assessment of the Kenn to Ashcombe gas pipeline (Report - Assessment). SDV337359.


Griffith, F. M., 1995, DAP/XW, Devon County Council DAP/XW 9-10 04-JUL-1995 (Aerial Photograph). SDV361528.

Linear cropmarks of ditches are visible.


Dyer, M., 1996, Devon County Council Haldon Ridge Survey: Summary Report (Report - Survey). SDV290454.

This report describes the results of an archaeological survey of the Haldon Ridge which was commissioned by Devon County Council (DCC). The survey results are intended to provide input for a management plan of the area which is being produced jointly by DCC and Teignbridge District Council.
A site discovered through aerial reconnaissance by DCC in 1984 (SMR: SX97NW172) when an enclosure was recorded in cropmark form, was inspected and yielded a significant quantity of roof and box tile fragments, and fired clay tesserae.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (AI&M) (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Linear ditches are visible as cropmarks 2m to 3m wide on aerial photographs of 1984 and 1985 on the south-west facing slopes overlooking Dawlish Water, to the north of Liberty Cottage, Ashcombe. The cropmarks define a series of connected rectilinear ditched enclosures or fields between circa 50 to 160m across, possibly connected or bounded by ditched trackways 6 to 10m wide. Roughly rectilinear cropmarks of cut features 15 top 20m across, centred on circa SX91977941 and SX92007938 may be evidence of pits or robbed structures.
The cropmarks do not correspond with any boundaries depicted on the 19th maps available the survey and are not in keeping with the character of the historic field pattern which has been characterised as of medieval origin. The cropmarks are interpreted as evidence of enclosure of probable later prehistoric to Roman date.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV125236Migrated Record: MANNING + TURTON.
SDV262469Migrated Record: DPRFP.
SDV286385Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council. 1984. DAP/AQ. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). Devon County Council DAP/AQ 2A-5 02-JUL-1984.
SDV286695Migrated Record: AP.
SDV286702Migrated Record:
SDV286704Migrated Record:
SDV286705Migrated Record:
SDV290454Report - Survey: Dyer, M.. 1996. Devon County Council Haldon Ridge Survey: Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 96.26. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV337359Report - Assessment: Manning, P. T. + Turton, S. D.. 1995. Archaeological assessment of the Kenn to Ashcombe gas pipeline. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 95.14. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (AI&M). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV361528Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1995. DAP/XW. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). Devon County Council DAP/XW 9-10 04-JUL-1995.
SDV79Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV124487Related to: Field boundary west of Oakpark Wood, Ashcombe (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV6389 - TESSERA (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)
  • FDV6388 - TILE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)

Date Last Edited:Apr 17 2019 3:42PM