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Burridge Hill fort

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Burridge Hill fort

List entry Number: 1002514

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: North Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Pilton West

County: Devon

District: North Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Shirwell

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. As these are some of our oldest designation records they do not have all the information held electronically that our modernised records contain. Therefore, the original date of scheduling is not available electronically. The date of scheduling may be noted in our paper records, please contact us for further information.

Date first scheduled: N/A

Date of most recent amendment: N/A

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: DV 419

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Slight univallate hillfort with outwork 290m north and 640m north east of Roborough Farmhouse.

Reasons for Designation

Slight univallate hillforts are defined as enclosures of various shapes, generally between 1ha and 10ha in size, situated on or close to hilltops and defined by a single line of earthworks, the scale of which is relatively small. They date to between the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age (eighth - fifth centuries BC), the majority being used for 150 to 200 years prior to their abandonment or reconstruction. Slight univallate hillforts have generally been interpreted as stock enclosures, redistribution centres, places of refuge and permanent settlements. The earthworks generally include a rampart, narrow level berm, external ditch and counterscarp bank, more elaborate features like overlapping ramparts and outworks are limited to only a few examples. Slight univallate hillforts are rare nationally, although in Devon they comprise one of the major classes of hillfort. Slight univallate hillforts are important for understanding the transition between Bronze Age and Iron Age communities.

The slight univallate hillfort north east of Roborough Farmhouse survives well and has a separate outlying outwork which makes it more unusual. It will contain important archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, use and landscape context.

History

See Details.

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 3 November 2015. The record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The scheduling, which falls into two separate areas of protection, includes a slight univallate hillfort with outwork situated on a prominent ridge between the valleys of the River Yeo and a tributary to the River Taw. The monument survives as an irregular shaped enclosure measuring up to 126m long by 110m wide internally defined by a rampart and partially buried ditch. A further linear outwork 400m to the east survives as a rampart measuring 150m long and up to 1m high, with its partially buried eastern quarry ditch being up to 0.5m deep.

Selected Sources

Other
PastScape Monument No:- 33788

National Grid Reference: SS 56929 35174, SS 57428 35203

Map

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