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HER Number:MDV60802
Name:Probable geological features south of Welsford

Summary

Linear soilmarks that had been tentatively suggested to be the remains of a possible cursus, are likely to be geological in origin.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 274 208
Map Sheet:SS22SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHartland
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishHARTLAND

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS22SE/66

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NON ANTIQUITY (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) LINEAR FEATURE (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV21555.

Des=gerrard, h.(eh)/letter to dcc/(25/1/1999)/photos + plan in pf.


Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158, DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5121-5122 19-APR-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349143.

Several parallel and extensive linear ridges, aligned east to west, are visible as substantial landforms of probable geological origin.


Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J., 2007, The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report, No. 687 (Report - Assessment). SDV339712.

Two parallel linear features visible as soil marks. Apparently emanate from ring cairn PRN 108. May be drainage gullies but running at odds to prevailing slope. Possibly a cursus..


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S., 2011 - 2012, North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV349018.

No archaeological features that could be related to a cursus were visible in this location on aerial photographs available to the survey. However several parallel landforms of probable geological origin are visible as extensive, wide, east to west aligned ridges. These features, when recently ploughed, could produce soilmarks that resemble the ploughed out banks of a cursus. Nearby barrows to the east may have been deliberately sited on the ridges to maximise their landscape impact.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV21555Migrated Record:
SDV339712Report - Assessment: Collings, A. G. + Manning, P. T. + Valentin, J.. 2007. The North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phase 1. Archaeological Survey. Summary Report. Exeter Archaeology Report. 06.22 (rev.1). A4 Stapled + Digital. No. 687.
SDV349018Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S.. 2011 - 2012. North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. ACD383/2/1. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV349143Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DCC RAF/3G/TUD/UK/158 5121-5122 19-APR-1946.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6132 - North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty NMP Project

Date Last Edited:Sep 9 2016 5:26PM