Information for record number MWA7047:
Possible Ring Ditch 600m NW of Salford Priors

Summary A possible ring ditch which is visible as a cropmark on aerial photograhs. It is of of unknown date. The ring ditch is located 600m north west of Salford Priors.
What Is It?  
Type: Ring Ditch
Period: Bronze Age - Late Iron Age (2600 BC - 42 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Salford Priors
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 06 51
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
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Source Number  

2 A possible ring ditch shows on air photographs. This may be non-archaeological.
3 The ring ditch was mapped as part of the English Heritage National Mapping Project. The feature looks convincing as an archaeological feature.

Source No: 3
Source Type: Aerial Photograph
Title: SP0651 Frame 2
Author/originator: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 11 Jul 1970
Page Number: Frame 2
Volume/Sheet: SP0651
Source No: 1
Source Type: Aerial Photograph
Title: SP0651
Author/originator: Baker A
Date: 1970
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: SP0651B,C
Source No: 2
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Unpublished Document
Author/originator: Hodgson J C
Date: 1993
Page Number:
A ring ditch visible as a cropmark to the north west of Salford Priors
Copyright: WA Baker
Date: 1970
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Linear features and a possible ring ditch visible as cropmarks near Salford Priors
Copyright: WA Baker
Date: 1970
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Word or Phrase
technique Cropmark Cropmarks appear as light and dark marks in growing and ripening crops. These marks relate to differences in the soil below. For example, parched lines of grass may indicate stone walls. Crops that grow over stone features often ripen more quickly and are shorter than the surrounding crop. This is because there is less moisture in the soil where the wall lies.

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period Bronze Age About 2500 BC to 700 BC

The Bronze Age comes after the Neolithic period and before the Iron Age.

The day to day life of people in the Bronze Age probably changed little from how their ancestors had lived during the Neolithic period. They still lived in farmsteads, growing crops and rearing animals.

During the Bronze Age people discovered how to use bronze, an alloy of tin and copper (hence the name that has given to this era). They used it to make their tools and other objects, although they continued to use flint and a range of organic materials as well. A range of bronze axes, palstaves and spears has been found in Warwickshire.
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period Iron Age About 800 BC to 43 AD

The Iron Age comes after the Bronze Age and before the Roman period. It is a time when people developed the skills and knowledge to work and use iron, hence the name ‘Iron Age’ which is given to this period. Iron is a much tougher and more durable metal than bronze but it also requires more skill to make objects from it. People continued to use bronze during this period.
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monument ARCHAEOLOGICAL FEATURE * Use only for features assumed to be archaeological but which cannot be identified more precisely without further investigation .Use more specific term where known back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument RING DITCH * Circular or near circular ditches, usually seen as cropmarks. Use the term where the function is unknown. Ring ditches may be the remains of ploughed out round barrows, round houses, or of modern features such as searchlight emplacements. back

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

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