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HER Number:MDV56027
Name:Ring ditch on Lower Moor, Tiverton

Summary

A ring ditch of prehistoric date is visible as a cropmark ditch on aerial photographs of 1985 onwards, on Lower Moor. The ring ditch also showed as a strong anomaly during a geophysical survey and a subsequent targetted trench evaluation recovered two sherds of probable late Neolithic pottery from the ditch fill.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 980 133
Map Sheet:SS91SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTiverton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTIVERTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric ring ditch north west of Blundell's Preparatory School
  • SHINE: Prehistoric ring ditch north west of Blundell's Preparatory School

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1038691
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS91SE/362

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING DITCH (Early Neolithic to Roman - 4000 BC to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, SS9713, 107 (Aerial Photograph). SDV345281.

National Monuments Record, SS9813, 1-2,16-21 (Aerial Photograph). SDV345282.

Richardson, T., 04/2014, Land East of Tiverton, (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV359257.

A detailed gradiometry survey was conducted over approximately 68.5 hectares of pasture.

A positive circular anomaly cut by the boundary between Fields 2 and 3. There is a gap in the southern side of the circle. This is related to a Prehistoric or Roman ring ditch identified by the archaeological report and English Heritage’s Pastscape monument number 1038691.

Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/BB, 10 (Aerial Photograph). SDV341961.

Circular dark mark cut by a hedge, diameter 25-30 metres, recorded as a cropmark from the air.

Devon County Council, 1985, DAP 5490, DAP 5490/10a 10-JUL-1985 (EX) (Aerial Photograph). SDV357409.

The ring ditch is visible as a cropmark ditch.

Robinson, R., 1987 - 2000, Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project (Un-published). SDV342165.

Site visit 29th March 1996. Site lies in level valley floor. No visible mound.

Griffith, F. M., 1988, DAP/KK, 9-10 (Aerial Photograph). SDV233517.

Devon County Council, 1989, DAP 6720, DAP 6720/03 24-JUN-1989 (MK) (Aerial Photograph). SDV357410.

The ring ditch is visible as a cropmark ditch.

Griffith, F. M., 1989, DAP/MK, 3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV340174.

Griffith, F. M., 1990, DAP/RP, 1-2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV337754.

Miller, A., 1996, RCHME Aerial Photograph Primary Recording Project (Interpretation). SDV53184.

Diameter approximately 50 metres.

Next Perspectives, 2006, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photograph, Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SS9713; 9813 24-JUL-2006 (Aerial Photograph). SDV356945.

The ring ditch is visible as a cropmark ditch.

Valentin, J., 2009, Tiverton Eastern Urban Expansion Area. Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Assessment and Evaluation (Report - Assessment). SDV345204.

Valentin, J., 2009, Tiverton Eastern Urban Expansion Area. Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Assessment and Evaluation (Report - Assessment). SDV345204.

Valentin, J., 2009, Tiverton Eastern Urban Expansion Area. Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Assessment and Evaluation, 4,5, 6,7, Fig.7, 13, Plate 1, App.1 A6 (Report - Assessment). SDV345204.

A targeted geophysical survey (Area 3) and trial tench evaluation (T4) were undertaken as part of an archaeological and cultural heritage assessment of the proposed Tiverton Eastern Urban Expansion Area. The site of the ring ditch was recorded as a stong anomaly during the geophysical survey. A north-west to south-east linear ditch was subsequently recorded in the evaluation trench which represents a segment of the ring ditch. This was 3.45 metres wide and 0.62 metres deep with moderately sloping sides and a concave base. Two sherds of probable late Neolithic pottery were recovered from the fill.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 1038691 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345283.

Probable round barrow site, of Prehistoric or Roman date, seen as a cropmark. Other details: SS91SE51. Record last updated: N/A.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Richardson, T, 2013, Geophysical Survey Report: Tiverton (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV352649.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Richardson, T., 2014, Geophysical Survey Report: Land East of Tiverton (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV356767.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

A ring ditch of prehistoric date is visible as a cropmark ditch on aerial photographs of 1985 onwards, on Lower Moor. The partial ring ditch measures approximately 31m in diameter, with a possible break to the southeast. The ring ditch, which is sited on fairly level ground has been truncated by a northeast to southwest aligned field boundary and managed water course. The northwestern extent of the ring ditch beyond this field boundary was not visible on aerial photographs owing to a difference in land use on the aerial photographs and digital images viewed as part of the survey. The ring ditch more likely represents evidence of a former prehistoric round barrow rather than evidence of a settlement, particularly given the recovery of Late Neolithic pottery recovered from the ditch fill during a targeted trench evaluation. Linear cropmarks of possible prehistoric date were recorded to the immediate west, east and southeast of the ring ditch. The ring ditch remains visible on infra-red digital images derived from aerial photographs taken in 2006.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV233517Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1988. DAP/KK. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 9-10.
SDV337754Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1990. DAP/RP. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-2.
SDV340174Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1989. DAP/MK. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3.
SDV341961Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/BB. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 10.
SDV342165Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1987 - 2000. Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project. Devon Post-Reconnaissance Fieldwork Project. A4 Unbound.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV345204Report - Assessment: Valentin, J.. 2009. Tiverton Eastern Urban Expansion Area. Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Assessment and Evaluation. AC Archaeology Report. ACD30/2/1. A4 Stapled + Digital. 4,5, 6,7, Fig.7, 13, Plate 1, App.1 A6.
SDV345281Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. SS9713. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 107.
SDV345282Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. SS9813. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 1-2,16-21.
SDV345283National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 1038691. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV352649Report - Geophysical Survey: Richardson, T. 2013. Geophysical Survey Report: Tiverton. Stratascan Report. Digital.
SDV356767Report - Geophysical Survey: Richardson, T.. 2014. Geophysical Survey Report: Land East of Tiverton. Stratascan Report. Digital.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV356945Aerial Photograph: Next Perspectives. 2006. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photograph. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives PGA Imagery SS9713; 9813 24-JUL-2006.
SDV357409Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council. 1985. DAP 5490. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DAP 5490/10a 10-JUL-1985 (EX).
SDV357410Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council. 1989. DAP 6720. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DAP 6720/03 24-JUN-1989 (MK). [Mapped feature: #95404 ]
SDV359257Report - Geophysical Survey: Richardson, T.. 04/2014. Land East of Tiverton,. Stratascan. J6605. Digital.
SDV53184Interpretation: Miller, A.. 1996. RCHME Aerial Photograph Primary Recording Project. RCHME Aerial Photograph Primary Recording Project. Map (Paper).

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4893 - Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Assessment, Tiverton
  • EDV4957 - Targetted Magnetometry Survey and Evaluation, Tiverton
  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)
  • EDV6287 - Geophysical Survey on Land East of Tiverton (Ref: J3371)
  • EDV6854 - Geophysical Survey, Land East of Tiverton (Ref: J6605)

Date Last Edited:Aug 10 2020 7:57AM