Enclosed Prehistoric Settlements

Introductions to Heritage Assets

An introduction to enclosed prehistoric settlements, the earliest identifiable farming communities in England, including pounds and tor enclosures; ringworks; hilltop enclosures; and small embanked enclosures.

A description of each of these is contained within the text followed by a brief chronology.

There are close associations between all of these settlement forms and a range of monuments, some earlier, others contemporary or later in date. The strongest relationships are between the enclosed settlements and different forms of prehistoric cultivation including coaxial, regular and irregular accreted field systems.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • History of research
  • Description
  • Chronology
  • Associations
  • Further reading
  • Where to get advice

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 18
  • Product Code: HEAG203


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