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HER Number:MDV4046
Name:Prehistoric Enclosure (B) east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor

Summary

Prehistoric Enclosure (B) to the east of Drizzlecombe is one of several 'Settlements' in the area

Location

Grid Reference:SX 593 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/46
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24104
  • Old SAM Ref: 10726

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1943, The Prehistoric Pounds of Dartmoor, 277-8, Figure 3 (Article in Serial). SDV320337.

The Drizzlecombe pound 67 meteres by 64 metres with walls 1.52 to 1.37 metres wide and covering an area of 0.3 hectares. The enclosure is not circular as there is a considerable length of straight wall on the south-west side. The wall is much ruined in parts. An inner lining of slabs is still visible on the north-west side. A cairn lies a few yards outside the pound wall, two hut circles within the enclosure. The entrance is in the west wall.


Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 4128-9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.


Price, D. G., 1980, The Moorland Plym, 129-138 (Article in Serial). SDV254604.


Balaam, N. D. + Smith, K. + Wainwright, G. J., 1982, The Shaugh Moor Project: Fourth Report - Environment, Context and Conclusion (Article in Serial). SDV145845.

Possibly associated with prehistoric tinning.


Fleming, A., 1987, Prehistoric Tin Extraction on Dartmoor, 117-122 (Article in Serial). SDV215976.


Price, D. G., 1988, Prehistoric Tin Extraction on Dartmoor, 91-95 (Article in Serial). SDV215977.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133423 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

The hut circles are composed of circular stone and earth banks surrounding an internal area and both are of the simple plan and double orthostat walling type. The northern stone hut circle is attached to the inner face of the enclosure, its interior measures 5.3 metres in diameter and is defined by a 1.5 metre wide wall standing up to 0.4 metres high. A south-westfacing gap in the surrounding wall may represent an original doorway. The southern stone hut circle lies within the enclosure and includes a 1.9 metre wide and 0.6 metre high wall surrounding a 4.3 metre diameter internal area. A south-south-west facing gap, lined on both sides with upright slabs represents the original doorway.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Drizzlecombe Enclosure (B) with two associated buildings. The south-east has been sacrificed to a later wall. A large cairn is located close to the north-east side.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Feature visible on aerial photograph.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1014145 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Sub-circular enclosure diameter 60 metres; bank 1.5 metres wide, 0.7 metres high. Faced on inside in north-west quadrant. Entrance to west. Traces of at least 2 hut circles within enclosure.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 438758, SX56NE90 (Website). SDV360651.

The sub-circular shaped enclosure has a well defined boulder/slab wall.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49.
  • Article in Serial: Balaam, N. D. + Smith, K. + Wainwright, G. J.. 1982. The Shaugh Moor Project: Fourth Report - Environment, Context and Conclusion. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 48. A4 Bound.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4128-9.
  • Article in Serial: Fleming, A.. 1987. Prehistoric Tin Extraction on Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 119. 117-122.
  • Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1988. Prehistoric Tin Extraction on Dartmoor. 120. 91-95.
  • Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1980. The Moorland Plym. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 112. 129-138.
  • Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133423.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1943. The Prehistoric Pounds of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. A5 Hardback. 277-8, Figure 3.
  • Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112890 ]
  • Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 438758, SX56NE90.
  • National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1014145.

Associated Monuments

MDV122659Parent of: Hut Circle (7) within Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (B), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122661Parent of: Hut Circle (8) within Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (B), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4032Related to: Cairn north-east of Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Settlement (B), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3337Related to: Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (C), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3443Related to: Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (D), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4033Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (A) with Extension to the East, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor

Date Last Edited:Aug 10 2018 11:11AM