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Monument Number 439332

Hob Uid: 439332
Location :
Devon
South Hams
Shaugh Prior
Grid Ref : SX5539006249
Summary : A well-defined rock shelter has been created within a small granite outcrop at 268m above OD on a moorland hillslope (SX55396250). A large cleft in the outcrop was covered possibly in antiquity by a massive granite slab which was levered over the gap and supported on one side by a large boulder. The V-shaped chamber, so formed, measures approximately 1.6m high, 2.3m at its widest and a maximum 3.2m long. There is no evidence that the broad south-facing front has been walled up. The origin of this feature is not known but it may have had a ritual signifiance. Investigated in 1997 for the Shaugh Moor project. Collections number 1101512.
More information : A rock shelter at the summit of Hawk's Tor (SX 554625)
said by Worth to be a natural group of rocks, but Rowe regards
it as a cromlech. It has been found that the cover stone has
been moved to its present position. (1-2)

The rock shelter at SX 55396250 is as described and planned by
Worth. (See ground photograph). (3)

A well-defined rock shelter has been created within a small granite outcrop at 268m above OD on a moorland hillslope (SX55396250). A large cleft in the outcrop was covered possibly in antiquity by a massive granite slab which was levered over the gap and supported on one side by a large boulder. The V-shaped chamber, so formed, measures approximately 1.6m high, 2.3m at its widest and a maximum 3.2m long. There is no evidence that the broad south-facing front has been walled up.
Its origin and function are unclear but when it is viewed from a ne direction it has the appearance of a chromlech. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
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Page(s) : 159
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Vol(s) : 70, 1938
Source Number : 1a
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : (R N Worth)
Page(s) : 130
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Vol(s) : 17
Source Number : 1b
Source : A perambulation of the antient and royal Forest of Dartmoor and the Venville precincts, or, A topographical survey of their antiquities and scenery
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Source Number : 2
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
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Vol(s) : 73, 1941
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 30-SEP-80
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Fletcher MJ 03-DEC-1997 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Shaugh Moor, sheet 2/CAD survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Prehistoric, Roman
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Monument Type : Shelter
Evidence : Enhanced Natural Feature

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 56 SE 80
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 56 SE 79
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1980-09-30
End Date : 1980-09-30
Associated Activities : RCHME PROJECT : SHAUGH MOOR SURVEY
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1997-12-01
End Date : 1998-04-01