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HER Number:MDV79309
Name:Ring Ditch to South of Hartnoll Farm, Halberton


Site of ring ditch recorded as anomaly on geophysical survey. Subsequent excavation revealed a ditch 3.6 metres wide and 0.4 metres deep. Two sherds of Neolithic pottery were recovered from the lower fill of the ditch together with a chert flake and a fragment of bone.


Grid Reference:SS 993 128
Map Sheet:SS91SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHalberton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHALBERTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING DITCH (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Valentin, J., 2009, Tiverton Eastern Urban Expansion Area. Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Assessment and Evaluation, 6, 9 (Report - Assessment). SDV345204.

Strong ring ditch anomaly, as well as other potential enclosures indicating prehistoric activity recorded on geophysical survey (Area 11). Linear features were also recorded in the vicinity which may represent ditches from former fields. The circular anomaly was proved by subsequent excavation (Trench 12) to be the ring ditch of a probable former barrow. The ditch (F1206) was found to be 3.6 metres wide and 0.4 metres deep with moderately sloping sides and a concave base. A prehistoric chert flake, two sherds of Neolithic pottery and a fragment of bone were recovered form the lower fill of the ditch. At the south-west end of the trench another ditch (F1203) was located, 0.33 metres wide and 0.06 metres deep, which coincided with one of the linear anomalies. No finds were recovered but it is one of a series of linear features likely to represent the remnants of medieval fields.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 6, 9.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4893 - Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Assessment, Tiverton
  • EDV4957 - Targetted Magnetometry Survey and Evaluation, Tiverton

Date Last Edited:Dec 18 2014 11:28AM