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HER Number:MDV38884
Name:Ring Ditch to South of Lower Cownhayne, Colyton


A dark annular cropmark visible on aerial photographs taken between 1984 and 2006 is interpreted as a ring ditch of likely prehistoric date. There is potential for below ground remains to survive.


Grid Reference:SY 257 930
Map Sheet:SY29SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishColyton
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCOLYTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Cropmarks of Prehistoric ring ditch south of Lower Cownhayne

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29SE/108

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING DITCH (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, Devon Air Photograph Transcriptions (Cartographic). SDV344181.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV118659.

Aph=dap/ro 1-2/(8/6/1990).

APH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV118651.

Dark annular mark, diam about 10m. Recorded from the air by f. Griffith in 1984 (aph).

SY29SE106 AND 107, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV118652.

Vis=22/1/1990 (robinson) site lies in level field in flood plain of r axe. Nothing visible. Two other ring ditches nearby (sy29se106 and 107) (dprfp).

APH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV118653.

Site visible from the air in 1992, but only faintly recorded on ap's (aph).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV118654.

Aph=dap/bx 12(12/7/1984).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV118655.

Des=dprfp 1990.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV118656.

Aph=dap/vg 14-16(26/6/1992).

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV118657.

Aph=dap/vp 17-18(21/7/1992).

Devon County Council, 1990, DAP/RN, DCC DAP RN15 08-JUN-1990 (Aerial Photograph). SDV118658.

The ring ditch is visible as a raised cropmark, the crop having grown higher over the buried ditch. Aph=dap/rn 14,15/(8/6/1990).

Griffith, F. M., 1995, DAP/YH, DCC DAP YH14 13-JUL-1995 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346162.

A circular dark cropmark is visible. Visible on frames 13 to 16.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1204 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Dark annular mark c. 10m diameter visible from air. Not visible on the ground.

Next Perspectives, 2006, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photograph, Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SY2593 17-JUN-2006 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351300.

A dark curvilinear cropmark is visible.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 1050638 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346161.

[One of] three Prehistoric or Roman round/oval barrows seen as cropmarks. Other details: SY29SE32. Record last updated N/A..

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

A dark circular and sometimes raised cropmark is visible on aerial photographs taken between 1984 and 2006. It may have formed over a buried ditch, circa 1 metre in width, and is 12 metres in diameter. It is sited on low lying land but on a slight south-east facing slope overlooking the Axe Estuary. This feature is interpreted as the remains of a buried ditch around a prehistoric barrow, in common with others in the vicinity (MDV38882 and MDV38883), and another to the west identified through this survey (MDV106112).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV118651Migrated Record: APH.
SDV118652Report - Survey: SY29SE106 AND 107.
SDV118653Migrated Record: APH.
SDV118654Aerial Photograph:
SDV118655Migrated Record:
SDV118656Aerial Photograph:
SDV118657Aerial Photograph:
SDV118658Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council. 1990. DAP/RN. Devon Aerial Photograph. DCC DAP RN15 08-JUN-1990.
SDV118659Aerial Photograph:
SDV344181Cartographic: Devon County Council. Devon Air Photograph Transcriptions. Devon Air Photograph Transcriptions. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #90049 ]
SDV346161National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 1050638. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV346162Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1995. DAP/YH. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DCC DAP YH14 13-JUL-1995.
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
SDV351300Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2006. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photograph. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SY2593 17-JUN-2006.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 1204.

Associated Monuments

MDV38883Related to: Ring Ditch south of Lower Cownhayne, Colyton (Monument)
MDV38882Related to: Ring Ditch to South-West of Lower Cownhayne, Colyton (Monument)

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:Sep 15 2016 9:17AM