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HER Number:MDV81350
Name:Trackway, near Dainton Elms Cross

Summary

A Romano-British metalled trackway, near Dainton Elms Cross.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 846 665
Map Sheet:SX86NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishIpplepen
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishIPPLEPEN

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRACKWAY (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

Dean, R., 2010, An Archaeological Gradiometer Survey. Land at Dainton Elms Cross, Ipplepen, Devon (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV347938.

The feature was first identified through a gradiometer survey, and confirmed to be a metal trackway during a later trench evaluation (report forthcoming). Map object previously based on this Source.


Steinmetzer, M., 2011, Archaeological Evaluation of Land at Dainton Elms Cross, Ipplepen, Devon (Report - Evaluation). SDV357542.

An archaeological trench evaluation was carried out following an earlier geophysical survey which had suggested the presence of an extensive late Iron Age and Romano-British settlement landscape. Trench 3 was sited to investigate an
extensive linear anomaly identified by the geophysical survey. Archaeological features identified included a road, represented by a metalled surface with two flanking ditches at the southern end of the trench, and a series of intercutting ditches at the northern end. The road measured 4.75 metres wide and consisted of a very compacted metalled surface formed of redeposited natural shale bedrock within a brown silty clay matrix which had been placed directly over the original topsoil. The road was flanked by two north-east to south-west aligned ditches measuring approximately 1.1 metres wide and 0.6 metres deep, with very similar steep-sided and flat-based profiles.The road surface was observed to be in a variable state of preservation, and there were no obvious areas of patching and repair. See report for full details.


Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Map object previously based on this Source.


National Monument Record, 2018, NMR 33541, HEA 33541/41 19-JUL-2018 (Aerial Photograph). SDV362915.

Pale cropmarks of a sinuous feature are visible.


Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2018-2019, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley (Interpretation). SDV361305.

Pale cropmarks which form part of a single sinuous northeast to southwest aligned feature, circa 4m wide and visible to a length of circa 180m, are visible on digital images derived from aerial photographs taken during the summer of 2018. The fragmented cropmarks correspond with an anomaly shown in this location on a magnetometry survey carried out in 2010 and identified as a metalled trackway during targeted trenching carried out in 2011.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV347938Report - Geophysical Survey: Dean, R.. 2010. An Archaeological Gradiometer Survey. Land at Dainton Elms Cross, Ipplepen, Devon. Substrata Report. 100924. Digital + A4.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV357542Report - Evaluation: Steinmetzer, M.. 2011. Archaeological Evaluation of Land at Dainton Elms Cross, Ipplepen, Devon. Exeter Archaeology. 11.50. Digital.
SDV361305Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2018-2019. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 1, Haldon Ridge to Dart Valley. Historic England Research Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV362915Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 2018. NMR 33541. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). HEA 33541/41 19-JUL-2018. [Mapped feature: #117027 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV81301Part of: Settlement, near Dainton Elms Cross, Ipplepen (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV5387 - Geophysical Survey on Land at Dainton Elms Cross, Ipplepen
  • EDV6631 - Archaeological Evaluation of Land at Dainton Elms Cross, Ipplepen (Ref: 7475)
  • EDV7515 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey (Ref: ACD1748)
  • EDV5406 - Metal Detecting near Ipplepen
  • EDV8022 - Fieldwalking at Ipplepen

Date Last Edited:Mar 16 2019 2:32PM