Avon Reservoir, Dean Moor, South Brent, Devon

Settlements (destroyed):  OS Grid Reference – SX 677 653

Archaeology & History

Prior to the submergence of one of the many prehistoric settlements in and around the waters of the Avon Reservoir, excavation work was carried out by Lady Aileen Fox between 1954 and 1956 on behalf of the Ministry of Works. The excavation notes in the Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society for 1957 told what Lady Fox and her fellow archaeologists found at the site that was due to be submerged:

“The walled enclosure of 2½ acres contained nine huts from 15-20 feet in diameter and three pens built against the outer wall.  The huts were roofed in the same way as those as Kestor, having a central post and a ring of six or seven uprights supporting the main rafters.  Part of the settlement was incorporated into a medieval farmstead, but the prehistoric occupation proved to be from the local Late Bronze Age.”

Since that report, a number of other prehistoric settlement sites have been found on the surrounding moorland heights (as a quick look at the OS-map clearly shows).  Obviously a very busy place in ancient days!

References:

  1. Clark, J.G.D. (ed.), “Notes on Excavations in Eire, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales during 1956,” in Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, volume 23, 1957.

© Paul Bennett, The Northern Antiquarian

 

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