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Monument Number 439492

Hob Uid: 439492
Location :
Devon
South Hams
Shaugh Prior
Grid Ref : SX5542063480
Summary : Centred at SX55416349. The remains of a circle of stones lie on a north-west facing hillslope at 256m above OD on unenclosed moorland. It survives as a partial ring of five boulders and stones with an off-centre earthfast boulder; the overall diameter is approximately 10.0m to 10.6m across. The largest of the two slabs which remain upright is 0.8m high, 1.7m wide and 0.3m thick. The impressive stone circle located at the terminal of the stone row lies to the south (SX 56 SE 45). The origin and function of this feature are as previously stated unclear; it probably represents the remains of an extensively robbed cairn although it may possibly have been a small stone circle. Investigated and surveyed at 1:2500 scale as part of the RCHME Shaugh Moor project in 1997. RCHME collection number 1101512.
More information : (SX 55416348) Cairn Circle (NR). (1)

The O.S. publication resulted from field work in 1949 (a), when
the investigator failed to find Worth's stone row (SX 56 SE 45) but
erroneously concluded that this was the 'cairn circle' at the S.W.
end of the row.

The published monument comprises an elongated and mostly buried
stone, its surface 1.0m. long and 0.3m. high, with five large stones
around it in the form of a semi-circle approximately 9.0m. in
diameter. Two are massive slabs, one recumbent, the other 0.9m. high;
two others are recumbent pillar type stones at ground level, and the
last is an upright block 0.5m. high.

There is no evidence of any holes indicating robbed stones that might
have completed the circle but, although the natural ground has slight
western slope, there is a distinct levelling of the circular area
(see ground photograph & plan).

It is notable that Breton recorded the 'remains of a circle' at SX
553635 (b), possibly during his incumbency of Sheepstor circa 1909-
1914, and this is a typical Breton site, inaccurately positioned and
initially unconvincing. A few scattered earthfast blocks, up to 0.4m.
high, protrude from the turf to the NW of the circle and were it not
for the level ground the group might be considered a fortuitous
arrangement. It evidently did not attract Worth's attention, but
is not easily dismissed.

Whether the stones represent the remnants of a stone circle, a
cairn circle, or even a hut is debateable.

Surveyed at 1:2500 on M.S.D. (2)

Centred at SX55416349. The remains of a circle of stones lie on a north-west facing hillslope at 256m above OD on unenclosed moorland. It survives as a partial ring of five boulder and stones with an off-centre earthfast boulder; the overall diameter was approximately 10.0m to 10.6m across. The largest of the two slabs which remain upright is 0.8m high, 1.7m wide and 0.3m thick.

The impressive stone circle located at the terminal of the stone row lies to the south (SX 56 SE 45).

The origin and function of this feature are as previously stated unclear; it probably represents the remains of an extensively robbed cairn although it may possibly have been a small stone circle. (3)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 25" 1952
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 25-AUG-80
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Source Number : 2a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : GWR 29 12 1949
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Source Number : 2b
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Rec 6" (H Breton undtd)
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Probert SAJ and Fletcher MJ 02-DEC-1997 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Shaugh Moor, sheet 1/CAD survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Round Cairn, Stone Circle
Evidence : Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 56 SE 135
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 56 SE 133
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1980-08-25
End Date : 1980-08-25
Associated Activities : RCHME PROJECT : SHAUGH MOOR SURVEY
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1997-12-01
End Date : 1998-04-01