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HER Number:MDV78286
Name:Possible Field System North of Tiverton Road, Cullompton

Summary

Excavation revealed a complex series of intercutting linear features and some shallow irregular pits or postholes, which may represent the remains of a series of Prehistoric or Romano-British field boundaries.

Location

Grid Reference:ST 014 075
Map Sheet:ST00NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishCullompton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCULLOMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Early Neolithic to Roman - 4000 BC to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

Context One Archaeological Services, 2009, Land to the North of Tiverton Road, Cullompton, Devon. An Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment and Geophysical Survey, 12 (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV345067.

A small curved linear feature (B) and two short linear features (C and D) shown as positive anomalies on a geophysical survey on land to the north of Tiverton Road are within the normal range for small ditches or gullies. Other groups of parallel linear features (K-P) shown as negative anomalies together with a longer negative anomaly (I) are probably field drains, while a short linear feature also shown as a negative feature in in the central northern area of the field (J) may be a wall or gully.


Bray, L. + Morris, B., 2010, Tiverton Road, Cullompton. Draft ver03. Results of an Archaeological Evaluation, 31; figures 3-4 (Report - Evaluation). SDV348244.

This archaeological intervention uncovered the remains of a surprisingly complex series of intercutting
linear features and some shallow irregular pits/postholes. While complex vertical stratigraphy need not be that unusual on rural sites, the surviving horizontal relationships – particularly those of Trench Eight and Linear Feature Group {007} – are clearly exceptional.
There were very few stratified finds, and the bulk of the recovered material was derived from the topsoil and dates to the period AD 1500-1830. While most of the features could not be securely dated, enough material was recovered to date at least some of the recorded elements to the Romano-British period. Indeed, the absence of more recent artefacts that would suggest many, if not most of the linear features and pits encountered are of Prehistoric or Romano-British date.
The volume of stratified artefacts, and the lack of evidence for domestic occupation more generally, seems to indicate that this complex of archaeological features represents the remains of a series of Prehistoric or Roman field boundaries rather than a settlement. See report for full details.


Jones-Lutescu, P, 2014, Land to the Northwest of Cullompton, Devon (Report - Assessment). SDV359834.

A historic environment assessment has been undertaken by AC archaeology during September and October 2014 as part of forthcoming planning applications for proposed mixed use development on c. 70 hectares of land to the northwest of Cullompton, Devon.

A complex series of intercutting features, along with some shallow irregular pits or postholes, were
excavated during an evaluation by Southwest Archaeology in 2010. The linear features may represent the remains of a series of prehistoric of Romano-British field boundaries.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV345067Report - Geophysical Survey: Context One Archaeological Services. 2009. Land to the North of Tiverton Road, Cullompton, Devon. An Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment and Geophysical Survey. Context One Archaeological Services Report. COAS/DBA;GEO/08/TRC. A4 Stapled + Digital. 12.
SDV348244Report - Evaluation: Bray, L. + Morris, B.. 2010. Tiverton Road, Cullompton. Draft ver03. Results of an Archaeological Evaluation. Southwest Archaeology. 100318. Digital. 31; figures 3-4.
SDV359834Report - Assessment: Jones-Lutescu, P. 2014. Land to the Northwest of Cullompton, Devon. AC Archaeology. ACD952/1/1. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds

  • FDV5349 - WORKED OBJECT (Mesolithic to Late Neolithic - 8000 BC to 2201 BC)
  • FDV5352 - SHERD (Early Iron Age to XVIII - 700 BC to 1800 AD)
  • FDV5350 - PIPE (SMOKING) (XVII to XVIII - 1601 AD to 1800 AD)
  • FDV5351 - BOTTLE (XVIII - 1701 AD to 1800 AD)

Associated Events

  • EDV4862 - Geophysical Survey North of Tiverton Road, Cullompton
  • EDV5635 - Archaeological Evaluation, Tiverton Road, Cullompton
  • EDV7113 - Historic Environment Asessment, Land to the Northwest of Cullompton, Devon (Ref: ACD952/1/1)

Date Last Edited:Aug 23 2017 1:30PM