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Monument Number 438953

Hob Uid: 438953
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Sheepstor
Grid Ref : SX5613065900
Summary : Alleged embanked stone circle - probably part of the extensive medieval field system on Ringmoor Down.
More information : A number of ritual monuments occur on the flattish
ridge of Ringmoor Down at about 305m. OD. the smallest being a circle
of stones 3.7m. in diameter (SX 56 NE 61). 50m. to the south-west
of this, and centred at SX 56106590 there is a circle formed by a
low bank with no accompanying ditch. The bank is about 2.5m. wide
and 0.1m. high, particularly noticeable by its covering growth of
short heather in an area of grass. The overall diameter of the circle
is 36.0m. but 20.0m. of the perimeter in the south-west has been
destroyed by diggings. A total of twelve stones are visible at
irregular intervals on the bank or, in one instance, against it and
evidently displaced. Some are up to 0.4m. high, others merely protrude from the turf. All are of quartz-schorl and not granite, similar to
the small circle of stones. Those which remain are mostly not deeply
set or have suffered from peat shrinkage, and no holes are visible
in the top of the bank to suggest recent robbing. There is no break
in the circle as it now appears. The impression gained is not that
of a domestic or pastoral enclosure but of an imbanked stone circle
which has been extensively robbed. (See also SX 56 NE 77).

Discovered during field investigation.

Suveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:500 (see illustration). (1)

This feature is now largely obscured by dense molinia. Only a 35m section of slightly curving bank is visible between SX 56126591 and SX 56136588. None of the stones noted by Authority 1 are in situ, there being just two clusters of three stones each. It seems unlikely that this could represent an embanked stone circle it seems more likely to be an ephemeral part of the surrounding medieval field system.
(2)



Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 07-MAR-79
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Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Probert SAJ 18-FEB-2005 EH Field Investigation
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
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Monument End Date :
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Monument Type : Field Boundary
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 10665
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 56 NE 161
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 56 NE 155
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1979-03-07
End Date : 1979-03-07
Associated Activities : RINGMOOR DOWN CONDITION SURVEY
Activity type : MANAGEMENT SURVEY
Start Date : 2005-02-01
End Date : 2005-05-01