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Monument Number 441726

Hob Uid: 441726
Location :
Devon
South Hams
Shaugh Prior
Grid Ref : SX6071067030
Summary : A prehistoric enclosure which measures 17m (N/S) by 18m with faced boulder/stone walling 0.5m high. The east side is difficult to trace in peat and reed cover and an entrance is not discernable.
More information : At SX 60716703, on a slight south-west slope at 400m OD,
is an enclosure with an internal diameter of 14.0m, formed
by a bank of small stones largely overgrown with turf, from
which occasional upright and recumbent stones protrude. (see plan).
There are two gaps of 2.0m and 4.0m on the east side with a
triangular platform between them. At first sight this seems to be
a vermin trap of some kind but the earthfast stones along two of
its sides are so low they could not deflect the course of any
animal. A 1.0m break in the bank on the west side of the enclosure
is possibly an entrance. The interior is featureless.

The enclosure, found during field investigation, is not readily
categorised though evidently prehistoric. Its internal
diameter and plan could suggest a ring cairn or enclosed cremation
cemetery with breaks caused by later mutilation, but the construction
is crude and uneven. Nevertheless its isolation, some 200m from the
nearest hut circles (SX 66 NW40 and SX 66 NW41), suggests a
non-domestic function.

Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:200. (1)

A prehistoric enclosure adjacent to the Langcombe Brook. The enclosure has an internal diameter of 14 metres, formed by a bank of small stones largely overgrown with turf, from which occasional upright and recumbent stones protrude. A 1 metre break on the west side of the enclosure is possibly an entrance. Scheduled. (2)

An enclosure, roughly circular about 18m across bounded by a double wall of fair-sized slabs (3)

A prehistoric enclosure which measures 17m (N/S) by 18m with faced boulder/stone walling 0.5m high. The east side is difficult to trace in peat and reed cover and an entrance is not discernable. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 27-SEP-78
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 06-Aug-97
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Butler J 1994 Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities. Vol 3 The South West map 50
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Fletcher M. 28-Feb-2002 English Heritage Field Investigation
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Prehistoric
Display Date : Prehistoric
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -500000
Monument Type : Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 28787
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 66 NW 57
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 66 NW 52
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1978-09-27
End Date : 1978-09-27