Burrington Camp is a multiphase hill-slope enclosure of late prehistoric date. The initial phase of construction comprised an L shaped bank and ditch which defined a spur at the western end of Burrington Ham. A sub- rectangular enclosure was later constructed within the earlier bank and ditch. This was defined by an internal quarry ditch which provided material for the enlargement of the original rampart and the creation of an outer bank on the remaining two sides. The later phase also involved the construction of an entrance through the original bank and ditch towards the north eastern corner of the enclosure.
It was previously thought that Burrington Camp was a Hill fort but it is now generally accepted that it is a hill-side enclosure. This is due to the poor defensive position, with the enclosure being dominated by higher ground to the southeast and defining a relatively small internal area. The site could have functioned as an individual farmstead or possibly had some other agricultural use, such as a stock enclosure. The location of the site suggests that as well as functioning in a practical way, a degree of symbolic significance may have been attached to the monument.
Caring for Black Down
As with all ancient monuments, walking all over them can cause damage to the structures present. So when looking at the enclosure please keep to the footpaths and keep off the banks.