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Title:Unfinished Hillforts on the Devon Moors
Originator:Silvester, R. J. + Quinnell, N. V.
Summary:Consists of an inner circuit, complete in that the defences can be traced on all sides and an outer circuit visible only on E, N + part of W sides. The almost square appearance of the inner enclosure has led to previous interpretation as Roman military site. S side is close to being a finished defence, 3m high with a now shallow ditch in front; but as defences swing to N - interrupted at SE corner by an evidently modern break - the bank starts to lose height and on the N side it is an insignificant feature less than 0.5m high. It is clearly unfinished. Gang practice can be seen in ditch constrictions & bank undulations, and possibly in an abrupt kink in the N bank. The outer circuit is an exaggerated version of a marking-out bank & ditch. Whether or not an outer bank would have been deemed necessary on the S side, it is evident that on the W side the defences were never started.

Associated Monuments (6)

MDV8221Cranbrook Castle (Monument)
MDV8824Hunter's Tor Camp, Lustleigh (Monument)
MDV104908Hut Circle at Hunter's Tor Camp, Lustleigh (Monument)
MDV8261Nattadon Hillfort, Chagford (Monument)
MDV8848Prehistoric Field System around Hunter's Tor Hillfort, Lustleigh (Monument)
MDV732Shoulsbury (or Shoulsbarrow) Castle (Monument)