Hilltop Enclosure 400m North East of Outer Narracott Farm
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Devon County Council
North Devon Council
SN548548 (254803, 143855)
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An agglomerated Iron Age hilltop enclosure and a later quarry situated on a high upland ridge directly adjacent to North Hill Cleave, part of the Sterridge Valley. The smaller oval enclosure which measures 60 metres long east to west by 34 metres wide north to south is defined by banks which measure up to 6 metres wide and 1.2 metres high. The second enclosed area is attached to the west of the first enclosure and measures 196 metres long from north to south by 135 metres east to west. This enclosure is denoted by banks standing up to 0.4 metres high and 1.2 metres wide. On the western side is a ditch which measures up to 4.5 metres wide and 1.2 metres deep, but which peters out to both the north and south. The south eastern corner of the larger enclsoure has been disturbed by more recent quarrying, the spoil heaps and quarry pit occupying an area which measures 45 metres long from east to west and 28 metres wide from north to south; the pit is up to 2.6 metres deep. Leading from the quarry is a ditch which measures up to 4.5 metres wide and 1.2 metres deep. This is defined on its eastern side by a bank which measures up to 1.2 metres wide and 0.4 metres high. Partial excavation in 1992 revealed at least four buried ditches which were not visible on the ground, and which indicated at least one extra embanked enclosure. Also, the likelihood of an entrance on the western side was revealed by the presence of an outer bank. Scheduled.
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