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HER Number:MDV38894
Name:Ring Ditches circa 410 metres to north-north-east of Halls Farm, Ottery St. Mary

Summary

Three possible ring ditches visible as crop marks on aerial photos. Part of one of these features was recorded as a curving linear anomaly by geophysical survey. Subsequent excavation showed this to be a ring ditch 2.5 to 3.3 metres wide and up to 1.65 metres deep, the complete circuit about 18 metres internal diameter.

Location

Grid Reference:SY 075 924
Map Sheet:SY09SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishOttery St. Mary
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOTTERY ST.MARY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Two prehistoric ring ditches south east of Merrow Croft

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY09SE/98

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING DITCH (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD) + Sci.Date

Full description

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV118471.

Aph=dap/fo 2(30/7/1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV118472.

Des=dprfp 1990.

DPRFP, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262469.

Annular pale mark diam about 10m, with a possible second to nw. Recorded from the air 1985 by f. Griffith (aph). Vis=8/3/1990 (robinson). Site lies on gentle nw slope, but only observed from a distance (dprfp).

Unknown, 1986, "Saldie's Pits" Aylesbeare Hill (Worksheet). SDV359157.

Sabin, D. + Donaldson, K., 2006, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Devon Gas Pipeline: Magnetometer Survey for Cotswold Archaeology, 13, 15, 16, Fig. 39 (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV347979.

Area 18b, No. 57. A curving linear anomaly which may represent part of an enclosure or ring ditch visible as cropmarks. The anomaly extends beyond the surveyed area.

Stoten, G., 2006, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Devon: Archaeology and Heritage Survey, 17, 27, 28, Table 11.8, Map 3, Gazetteer (Report - Survey). SDV347996.

Sites 41-43. Three possible ring ditches visible as crop marks on aerial photos (two on Devon aerial photos, the third on a National Monuments Record photo). Nothing visible in the field. Heritage site of moderate significance. Potential for currently unrecorded archaeology moderate.

Joyce, S. + Mudd, A. + Collard, M., 2010, South-West Reinforcement Project, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Aylesbeare to Kenn, Fishacre to Choakford Gas Pipelines, Devon: Post-Excavation Assessment and Updated Project Design Issue 2: Volume I Text, 28 (Report - non-specific). SDV347992.

Site OTA 5.01. In the north-eastern area of the site was part of a ring ditch (5.01.020) between 2.5 and 3.3 metres wide and with a maximum depth of 1.65 metres. No finds were recovered. Within the area delineated by the ring ditch was mound material, while to the north were a pit and a posthole.

Joyce, S. + Mudd, A. + Collard, M., 2010, South-West Reinforcement Project, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Aylesbeare to Kenn, Fishacre to Choakford Gas Pipelines, Devon: Post-Excavation Assessment and Updated Project Design Issue 2: Volume II Illustrations, Fig. 38 (Report - non-specific). SDV347993.

Joyce, S. + Mudd, A. + Collard, M., 2010, South-West Reinforcement Project, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Aylesbeare to Kenn, Fishacre to Choakford Gas Pipelines, Devon: Post-Excavation Assessment and Updated Project Design Issue 2: Volume III Site Gazetteer, OTA 5.01 (Report - non-specific). SDV347994.

An undated ring ditch with associated mound material was identified as well as undated post holes and two post medieval field boundary ditches. These features correspond with anomalies identified by geophysical survey.

Mudd, A. + Joyce, S., 2014, The Archaeology of the South-West Reinforcement Gas Pipeline, Devon. Investigations in 2005-2007, 30-33 (Monograph). SDV359340.

Site 8. Land south-east of Broad Oak. A group of three possible ring ditches was identified through aerial photography, the northern one of which was subsequently plotted by geophysical survey lying adjacent to a former field boundary. Excavation revealed part of the ring ditch (5.01.020), between 2.5 and 3.3 metres wide and up to 1.65 metres deep. The complete circuit was about 18 metres across internally. Oak charcoal from the fill returned a radiocarbon date of 3973-3803 cal. BC, but this is thought to have been redeposited from the original land surface rather than be contemporary with activity relating to the ring ditch. No finds were recovered from the ring ditch.
Within the area delineated by the ring ditch was a mound of sandy soil, probably from the ditch. A Neolithic/Early Bronze Age flake and possible utilised blade were recovered from the mound material. A further 25 pieces of worked flint came from the subsoil or topsoil. Close to the arc of the excavated ring ditch were two postholes and a pit. All were undated.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV118471Aerial Photograph:
SDV118472Migrated Record:
SDV262469Migrated Record: DPRFP.
SDV347979Report - Geophysical Survey: Sabin, D. + Donaldson, K.. 2006. Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Devon Gas Pipeline: Magnetometer Survey for Cotswold Archaeology. Archaeological Surveys Ltd. 137. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 13, 15, 16, Fig. 39.
SDV347992Report - non-specific: Joyce, S. + Mudd, A. + Collard, M.. 2010. South-West Reinforcement Project, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Aylesbeare to Kenn, Fishacre to Choakford Gas Pipelines, Devon: Post-Excavation Assessment and Updated Project Design Issue 2: Volume I Text. Cotswold Archaeology Report. 09106. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 28.
SDV347993Report - non-specific: Joyce, S. + Mudd, A. + Collard, M.. 2010. South-West Reinforcement Project, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Aylesbeare to Kenn, Fishacre to Choakford Gas Pipelines, Devon: Post-Excavation Assessment and Updated Project Design Issue 2: Volume II Illustrations. Cotswold Archaeology Report. 09106. A3 Comb Bound + Digital. Fig. 38.
SDV347994Report - non-specific: Joyce, S. + Mudd, A. + Collard, M.. 2010. South-West Reinforcement Project, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Aylesbeare to Kenn, Fishacre to Choakford Gas Pipelines, Devon: Post-Excavation Assessment and Updated Project Design Issue 2: Volume III Site Gazetteer. Cotswold Archaeology Report. 09106. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. OTA 5.01.
SDV347996Report - Survey: Stoten, G.. 2006. Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare, Devon: Archaeology and Heritage Survey. Cotswold Archaeology Report. 05108. A4 Unbound + Digital. 17, 27, 28, Table 11.8, Map 3, Gazetteer.
SDV359157Worksheet: Unknown. 1986. "Saldie's Pits" Aylesbeare Hill. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV359340Monograph: Mudd, A. + Joyce, S.. 2014. The Archaeology of the South-West Reinforcement Gas Pipeline, Devon. Investigations in 2005-2007. The Archaeology of the South-West Reinforcement Gas Pipeline, Devon. Investigations in 2005-2007. Hardback Volume. 30-33.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5440 - Archaeological Field Reconnaissance Survey, Ottery St Mary to Aylesbeare
  • EDV5439 - Archaeological Investigations Along Gas Pipeline, South-West Reinforcement Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 9 2022 11:19AM