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HER Number:MDV39998
Name:Ring ditch in the Parish of North Tawton

Summary

A cropmark ring ditch of likely prehistoric date is visible on aerial photographs taken from 1984 onwards, to the southwest of Week Farm, in the Parish of North Tawton. It is located adjacent to a possible Neolithic mortuary enclosure (MDV16792).

Location

Grid Reference:SS 649 017
Map Sheet:SS60SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNorth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH TAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS60SW/47/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 34280
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING DITCH (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

NMR, SS60SW22, 22 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV233522.

NMR, SS6401, 3-4,9,15-16 (Aerial Photograph). SDV233524.

NMR, SS6501, 1-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV233525.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV18686.

A ring ditch, approximate diameter 45m, lies immediately at the north-east corner of the Week oblong ditch. Air photograph references as for PRN 16792.

Cambridge University, 1975, CUC/BTR, 32-34 (Aerial Photograph). SDV274730.

Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/AV, 2,3,3a (Aerial Photograph). SDV233514.

Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/BF, 11-12 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267543.

Griffith, F. M., 1985, Some Newly Discovered Ritual Monuments in Mid Devon, 310-2 (Article in Serial). SDV278864.

Griffith, F. M., 1988, DAP/KJ, 9a-11 (Aerial Photograph). SDV233516.

Griffith, F. M., 1988, DAP/KK, 2a (Aerial Photograph). SDV233517.

Griffith, F. M., 1989, DAP/LH, 8-9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV233518.

Griffith, F. M., 1990, DAP/QB, 5-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224847.

Simpson, 1991, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV278852.

The enclosure has an entrance to the SE. Situated on a moderate slope, difficult to locate in the field but a flat area in the centre of the field may be the position of cropmarks. Other details: Photo AB 27,28.

Miller, A., 1995, Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV233523.

English Heritage, 2000, Untitled Source (Schedule Document). SDV233511.

Long mortuary enclosure & ring ditch 250m SW of Week Meadow Farm. Ring ditch immediately adjacent to mortuary enclosure. Approx diam 35m, including its outer ditch.

Adam, N., 2004, Archaeological field evaluation of the proposed Week to North Tawton 33kV underground cable route (Report - Evaluation). SDV320080.

An evaluation was undertaken by AC Archeaology in 2004 to the west of the Scheduled Monument along a cable trench running from SS64660190 to SS65140142. A total of 26 trenches were excavated between Week & North Tawton but no archaeological features or artefacts were exposed.

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

A circular ditch has been transcribed during this survey.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2017-2018, Backlog recording of the Winkleigh National Mapping Programme Survey (Personal Comment). SDV360588.

There is no corresponding database record for this circular ditched feature. It corresponds to transcriptions made during the DAP project and interpreted as a prehistoric ring ditch.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV18686Migrated Record:
SDV224847Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1990. DAP/QB. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5-6.
SDV233511Schedule Document: English Heritage. 2000.
SDV233514Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/AV. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2,3,3a.
SDV233516Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1988. DAP/KJ. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 9a-11.
SDV233517Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1988. DAP/KK. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2a.
SDV233518Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1989. DAP/LH. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 8-9.
SDV233522National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SS60SW22. SS60SW. 22.
SDV233523Aerial Photograph: Miller, A.. 1995. RCHME Aerial Photograph Primary Recording Project. Photograph (Paper).
SDV233524Aerial Photograph: NMR. SS6401. SS6401. 3-4,9,15-16.
SDV233525Aerial Photograph: NMR. SS6501. SS6501. 1-6.
SDV267543Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/BF. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 11-12.
SDV274730Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1975. CUC/BTR. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper) + Digital (Scan). 32-34.
SDV278852Site Visit: Simpson. 1991. Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project.
SDV278864Article in Serial: Griffith, F. M.. 1985. Some Newly Discovered Ritual Monuments in Mid Devon. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 51. A4 Stapled. 310-2.
SDV320080Report - Evaluation: Adam, N.. 2004. Archaeological field evaluation of the proposed Week to North Tawton 33kV underground cable route. AC Archaeology. 8803/6/0. A4 stapled + Digital.
SDV321540Cartographic: Young, A.. 2005. Transcriptions from Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme (NMP) project. Digital. [Mapped feature: #111545 ]
SDV360588Personal Comment: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2017-2018. Backlog recording of the Winkleigh National Mapping Programme Survey. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV16792Related to: Mortuary enclosure, southwest of Week Farm, in the Parish of North Tawton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV469 - Archaeological field evaluation of the proposed Week to North Tawton 33kV underground cable route
  • EDV7455 - Winkleigh Biomass Plant National Mapping Programme

Date Last Edited:Jun 11 2020 12:25PM