Earthwork enclosure S of Blackall's Copse
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: Earthwork enclosure S of Blackall's Copse
List entry Number: 1004579
The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District Type: District Authority
National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.
Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.
Date first scheduled: 18-Aug-1976
Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.
Legacy System Information
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
UID: DV 952
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
A bivallate enclosure 400m south-east of Pottles Farm.
Reasons for Designation
The precise nature and date of the bivallate enclosure 400m south east of Pottles Farm is unknown, but it would appear to be a defended small scale settlement or fortlet given its shape and proximity to Exeter. Such enclosures are unusual preservations close to major urban centres and in areas of rich agricultural land, because they have been consistently used through time as a much valued resource. The enclosure indicates the past importance which was attached to such a resource, hence its likely defensive nature. It helps to explain social and strategic pressures and will also contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, use, date, and the nature of the settlement as either an agricultural or military consequence of existing land use pressure or political and social manoeuvrings.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 17 November 2015. This 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.
This monument includes a bivallate enclosure situated on a low rise on the southern side of a deep valley to the west of the River Exe at its confluence with the River Clyst. The enclosure survives as entirely buried features and is visible on aerial photographs as a double ditched square enclosure of approximately 70m overall, with closely spaced ditches and an entrance on the southern side. The enclosure is though to date to the prehistoric or Roman periods.
PastScape Monument No:-447921
National Grid Reference: SX 93196 87256
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