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HER Number:MDV126636
Name:Enclosures east of Collard Tor

Summary

A cluster of small irregular enclosures and terraces immediately east of Collard Tor were shown by excavation in 1978-9 to be Iron Age in date. While this date is somewhat unexpected it does help explain why these plots contrast the ordered Middle Bronze Age field systems and their small size and poor state of preservation when compared to the medieval fields.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 557 621
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 170
  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 184
  • Pastscape: 1105322
  • Pastscape: 1125887

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Iron Age - 700 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Smith, K. + Coppen, J. + Wainwright, G. J. + Beckett, S., 1981, The Shaugh Moor Project; Third Report - Settlement and Environmental Investigations (Article in Serial). SDV173752.

Wotter reave and the remains of a series of discontinuous irregular field walls are situated on Wotter Common (SX 558622). A number of excavation trenches were dug in 1979/80 to investigate the features in advance of China Clay working.
To the south-east of Collard Tor a group of walls with a dump core revetted by coursed stonework were excavated as well as and a number of semi-circular platforms. Terraced into the slope these were thought to be cultivation terraces of late Iron Age date. A three-sided structure (in trench BD) overlying the soil horizon of these terraces was probably a pen for animals.

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

(04/12/1997) This report is to supplement and replace records SX 56 SE 136 and 137
Centred SX 555630. A series of field systems dating from the prehistoric to the post-medieval occupy some 150 hectares of Shaugh Moor. Four distinct systems are apparent:
A cluster of small irregular enclosures and terraces immediately east of Collard Tor were shown by excavation (Smith et al 1981) to be Iron Age in date. While this date is somewhat unexpected it does help explain why these plots contrast the ordered Middle Bronze Age field systems and their small size and poor state of preservation when compared to the medieval fields.
For detailed 1:2500 plan and description see ‘Shaugh Moor Survey'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV173752Article in Serial: Smith, K. + Coppen, J. + Wainwright, G. J. + Beckett, S.. 1981. The Shaugh Moor Project; Third Report - Settlement and Environmental Investigations. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 47. A4 Bound.
SDV343481Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Probert, S.. 1998. Shaugh Moor, Devon: An Archaeological Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #122253 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV2591Related to: Medieval field system north of Wotter (Monument)
MDV2590Related to: Shaugh Moor coaxial field system (Monument)
MDV2574Related to: The Wotter Reave (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4967 - Survey of Shaugh Moor

Date Last Edited:Oct 14 2019 12:29PM