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HER Number:MDV125922
Name:Possible enclosure walls at Shaugh Moor

Summary

Linear arrangements of stones forming a roughly L-shaped plan on the lower north-facing slopes of Shaugh Moor are interpreted as the possible remains of a former enclosure of probable Bronze Age date. The possible enclosure was potentially associated with several hut circles recorded in this area. The stone settings are visible on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2016.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 556 635
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 88
  • Pastscape: 439358

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RECTILINEAR ENCLOSURE? (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, fig 48.3 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Fletcher, M. + Probert, S., 1998, Shaugh Moor, Devon: An Archaeological Survey (Report - Survey). SDV343481.

(Visited 02/12/1997) Further remains noted at SX556963521; the remains of two possibly three huts lie in clitter on a north-facing hillside. Short lengths of spread boulder/stone lines may indicate the remains of an associated enclosure.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5563 31-MAY-2016 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

An L-shaped linear arrangement of stones is visible.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, SM-31 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 02/10/2019. Possible remains of enclosure MDV125922 – NOT FOUND. The area showing a zig zag has a collection of 7 stones at this point (see photo) but no enclosure lines could be found in landscape going north or south of this point as shown on the site plan. Overall condition good. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs, SM-31 (Photograph). SDV363073.

View of stones at zig zag looking S (although N indicated on worksheet diagram).

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

An arrangement of stones circa 0.5m wide is visible forming a roughly L-shaped linear feature approximately 16m long on the lower north-facing slopes of Shaugh Moor on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2016.
This arrangement could be interpreted as the possible remains of a former enclosure of probable Bronze Age date, potentially associated with hut circles recorded in this area. Alternatively, it could simply be a formation of the natural clitter.
No earthwork evidence of an enclosure was identifiable on the sources available to the survey.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. fig 48.3.
SDV343481Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Probert, S.. 1998. Shaugh Moor, Devon: An Archaeological Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. SM-31.
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. SM-31.
SDV363087Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 1999-2017. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5563 31-MAY-2016. [Mapped feature: #118359 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV12951Part of: D-shaped hut circle settlement enclosure, Shaugh Moor (Monument)
MDV125919Related to: Hut circle associated with enclosures at Shaugh Moor (Monument)
MDV125920Related to: Hut circle associated with enclosures at Shaugh Moor (Monument)
MDV125921Related to: Hut circle associated with enclosures at Shaugh Moor (Monument)
MDV125917Related to: Hut in enclosure at Shaugh Moor (Monument)
MDV125918Related to: Pair of huts in enclosure at Shaugh Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4967 - Survey of Shaugh Moor
  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Oct 1 2020 12:25PM