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HER Number:MDV9958
Name:Prehistoric Settlement to the east of Blackheath Farm

Summary

A cropmark complex of probable prehistoric to Romano-British date is visible as a series of cropmark ditches on oblique aerial photographs of 1970 onwards and on digital images derived from aerial photographs taken in 2006, to east of Blackheath Farm.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 953 855
Map Sheet:SX98NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishPowderham
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishPOWDERHAM

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric ring ditches, enclosures and linears north west of Exwell Barton
  • SHINE: Prehistoric ring ditches, enclosures and linears north west of Exwell Barton

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 12007
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX98NE/28

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • SETTLEMENT (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, Devon Air Photograph Transcriptions (Cartographic). SDV344181.

Map object based on this Source.


National Monuments Record, Untitled Source (National Monuments Record Database). SDV1181.

Cropmarks showing enclosures, and linear features (nmr).


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=13/9/1982 (os) the cropmarks lie on the north and east slope of a small rounded knoll at about 16m od. The field is currently under corn with nothing of the cropmarks visible.


DPRFP, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262469.

Vis=5/5/1989 (griffith) nothing visible on ground (dprfp).


??RING DITCHES, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV292122.

Parts of at least three rectilinear features are visible as positive cropmarks on bcv 52, with parts of curvilinear features (??ring ditches).


JUNE 1984, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV292124.

Sites visible on dap/t8 + 8a (june 1984) f. Griffith.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292126.

Aph=nmr/sx9585.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292127.

Aph=cuc/bcv 50,52(7/7/1970)/,coq 52 in smr.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV292128.

Osa=sx98ne27.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292129.

Aph=dap/t 8,8a(23/6/1984).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292130.

Aph=dap/bp 2a,3(7/7/1984).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292131.

Aph=dap/ep 11a,12(28/5/1985).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292132.

Aph=dap/eq 6a,7,8(7/6/1985).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292133.

Aph=dap/et 2(3/7/1985).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292134.

Aph=dap/fg 2a,3,4,5,6(18/7/1985).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV292135.

Des=dprfp 1989.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292136.

Aph=dap/rh 14,15/(4/6/1990).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292137.

Aph=dap/ri 1-5(4/6/1990).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292138.

Aph=dap/rw 7-9(20/6/1990).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV292139.

Aph=dap/vq 17-19 (29/7/1992).


Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography, 1970, CUCAP BCV, CUCAP BCV52 07-JUL-1970 (Aerial Photograph). SDV349635.

The cropmark complex is visible as a series of cropmark ditches. The linear cropmark to the southwest, however, is visible as a probable pipeline and was not transcribed as part of this survey.


Devon County Council, 1990, DAP/6872, DAP 6872/15 04-JUN-1990 (Aerial Photograph). SDV355459.

The cropmark complex is visible as a series of cropmark ditches. Map object based on this source.


Channel Coast Observatory, 2001-2012, Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography, Channel Coastal Observatory SX9585 03-JUN-2006 (Aerial Photograph). SDV351226.

The cropmark complex is visible as a series of cropmark ditches. Map object based on this source.


Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2013-2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV351146.

A cropmark complex of probable prehistoric to Romano-British date is visible as a series of cropmark ditches on oblique aerial photographs of 1984 onwards and on digital images derived from aerial photographs taken in 2006, to east of Blackheath Farm. The cropmarks cover an area of approximately 2.6 hectares and are located on the eastern side of a gentle to moderately sloping hillside. Cropmark features of probable prehistoric to Romano-British date principally include a rectilinear enclosure and a number of partial ring ditches. The rectilinear enclosure (SX953855) comprises three well defined, angular corners and measures approximately 42m wide by 52m long, with a possible entrance and entrance antennae towards the southeast corner. A possible sub-oval shaped cropmark ditch is visible within the southern half of the enclosure. Approximately 24m beyond the northern edge of the enclosure are a number of partial circular cropmark ring ditches measuring approximately 12m in diameter. Other features of more uncertain date include evidence of at least two larger inter-cutting rectilinear enclosures to the north and a series of parallel curvilinear cropmark ditches, of which at least three ditches are present, to the south and which possibly represent former field boundaries. A northwest to southeast aligned linear cropmark previously transcribed was seen to be originating from a pipeline on aerial photographs of 1970 and was not transcribed as part of this survey. The cropmark complex remains partly visible as a series of cropmark ditches on digital images derived from aerial photographs taken in 2006.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1181National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. National Monuments Record.
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV262469Migrated Record: DPRFP.
SDV292122Migrated Record: ??RING DITCHES.
SDV292124Migrated Record: JUNE 1984.
SDV292126Aerial Photograph:
SDV292127Aerial Photograph:
SDV292128Migrated Record:
SDV292129Aerial Photograph:
SDV292130Aerial Photograph:
SDV292131Aerial Photograph:
SDV292132Aerial Photograph:
SDV292133Aerial Photograph:
SDV292134Aerial Photograph:
SDV292135Migrated Record:
SDV292136Aerial Photograph:
SDV292137Aerial Photograph:
SDV292138Aerial Photograph:
SDV292139Aerial Photograph:
SDV344181Cartographic: Devon County Council. Devon Air Photograph Transcriptions. Devon Air Photograph Transcriptions. Map (Digital).
SDV349635Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography. 1970. CUCAP BCV. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography. Photograph (Paper). CUCAP BCV52 07-JUL-1970.
SDV351146Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2013-2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1
SDV351226Aerial Photograph: Channel Coast Observatory. 2001-2012. Channel Coast Observatory Aerial Photography. Channel Coast Observatory. Digital. Channel Coastal Observatory SX9585 03-JUN-2006.
SDV355459Aerial Photograph: Devon County Council. 1990. DAP/6872. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DAP 6872/15 04-JUN-1990.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6127 - Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey National Mapping Programme (NMP) for South-West England - South Coast Devon (Ref: ACD618)

Date Last Edited:Jan 6 2014 11:15AM