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HER Number:MDV128743
Name:Part of enclosure west of Steeperton Gorge, Dartmoor Forest


Part of a prehistoric enclosure shown on survey of 2005 to the west of Steeperton Gorge


Grid Reference:SX 615 892
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NW39
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443769
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/99
  • Old SAM Ref: 28723.08

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX68NW39 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV225087.

(02/10/1979) The cropmarks fall on a steep SE facing slope covered with bracken and heather. No trace of hut circles could be found; it is probable that the marks are caused by vegetation variations.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, P. Newman (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(20/09/1993) Centred SX 61658945. A series of enclosures and hut circles located on the gently sloping western side of Oke Tor Ridge, 700m south-south-west of the Oke Tor granite outcrop, overlooking Steeperton Gorge to the east. The site was first recorded on the RCHME AP Transcription dated 1985. Six small enclosures survive at SX 61558960, SX 61608958, SX 61648955, SX 61658940, SX 61618932 and SX 61578927.
A further two enclosures depicted on the AP plot, at the extreme north-east of the site could not be verified by field investigation. All the enclosures consist of fragmentary, heavily turf-covered stoney banks which are on average approximately 0.3m high by up to 1.5m wide. Some stone is visible protruding through the turf in places. The largest enclosure at SX 61658940 is also the most complete. It is ovoid in shape and measures 80m north to south by 50m. There is a central east to west partition wall which divides the enclosure into two approximately equal, 'D' shape sections. Within the southern section at SX 61628940 adjacent to the west wall, is a hut circle consisting of a circular, turf-covered bank with an internal diameter of 5.8m north to south by 4m east to west and 0.4m high. Of the other five enclosures the curvature of remaining banks suggest they too were approximately ovoid, although their dimensions are uncertain. The southernmost of these has a hut circle attached at SX 61598927. It has an internal diameter of 3.4m and the bank is approximately 0.4m high. At least five stones of the original walling are visible.
There are two isolated hut circles within the settlement: SX 61698954. A turf-covered circular bank of 5m diameter and 0.25m high. SX 61608930. A possible, though rather small, hut consisting of a turf-covered bank with four stones protruding. The approximate diameter is 2.5m.

Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P., 2003-2004, Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350801.

(21/10/2003) This site is now so densely covered by vegetation that few of the features described by Authority 3 can be discerned let alone the additional items recorded by English Heritage at time of scheduling (1999).

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Part of an enclosure shown on survey.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1016640 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

The monument, which falls into eight areas, includes two partially enclosed stone hut circle settlements and a round cairn situated on the eastern slope of Oke Tor overlooking the valley of the River Taw. The southern settlement includes at least six enclosures together with four stone hut circles. Most of the enclosures are agglomerated and are partially sealed by the peat deposits which cover this area.The stone hut circles within both settlements survive as circular or oval banks each surrounding an internal area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV225087Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX68NW39. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #126521 ]
SDV350801Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P.. 2003-2004. Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. 28-2004. Unknown. S. Probert.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. P. Newman.
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1016640.

Associated Monuments

MDV60306Related to: Cairn between two prehistoric enclosures on east slope of Oke Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV19465Related to: Double enclosure west of Steeperton Gorge, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV27710Related to: Enclosure west of Steeperton Gorge, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV27709Related to: Hut circle west of Sheeperton Gorge, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV60309Related to: Hut in enclosure west of Steeperton Gorge, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV60311Related to: Hut north of enclosure west of Steeperton Gorge, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV60305Related to: Prehistoric enclosure on the east slope of Oke Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV29122Related to: Remains of three enclosures north-west of Steeperton Gorge (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Apr 26 2022 11:33AM