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HER Number:MDV20053
Name:Enclosures on Giant's Hill

Summary

Agglomerated enclosure of at least four elements on Giant's Hill. A number of irregular enclosures containing three hut circles, four probable hut circles, three cairns and a possible military structure on the west flank of Giant's Hill above Mill Corner. The enclosures are largely complete and vary in size from 0.04 hectares to 0.2 hectares. They are bounded by broad stony banks up to 2.0m wide and 0.6m high. There are no identifiable entrances to these features.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 594 668
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 94
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/541
  • Old SAM County Ref: 499
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24190
  • Old SAM Ref: 10689
  • Pastscape: 438767

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56NE94 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV159655.

(23/06/1977) An enclosed settlement consisting of three separate enclosures and one hut situated on a moderate, well drained, west facing slope at 340 metres above OD.
Enclosure A (SX 5948 6681). An enclosure 75 metres by 40 metres and 0.3 hectares in area bounded by a wall 1.5 metres thick formed of small boulders. It is in poor condition and probably of at least 2 phases having been extended to the south west. An earlier phase may be represented by walling within the upper part which also contains 5 Type 1 huts. Their average internal diameter is 3.5 metres with walls 1 metre thick and they also are in poor condition. Two huts are built into the line of the wall and 3 are built against it. The lower part contains a 'D' shaped hut in poor condition 4.5 metres by 3 metres built against the enclosure wall. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1457, 343-346 (Aerial Photograph). SDV172921.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset. (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 130, fig 49.14 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Depicted by Butler; a very overgrown settlement arranged as a complex of seven small enclosures with an abundance (at least 15) of hut circles.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360209.

Visisble on the lidar data.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(19/03/2002) Centred SX 5952 6680. A number of irregular enclosures containing three hut circles, four probable hut circles, three cairns and a possible military structure on the west flank of Giant's Hill above Mill Corner.
The enclosures are largely complete and vary in size from 0.04 hectares to 0.2 hectares. They are bounded by broad stony banks up to 2.0m wide and 0.6m high. There are no identifiable entrances to these features.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

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. 130, fig 49.14.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape.
SDV159655Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56NE94. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV172921Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1457. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 343-346.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV360209Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #122203 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV55392Parent of: Structures attached to enclosure wall on Giant's Hill (Monument)
MDV20052Related to: Enclosures on Giant's Hill (Monument)
MDV43595Related to: Hut circle in settlement on Giant's Hill (Monument)
MDV126622Related to: Hut in enclosure on Giant's Hill (Monument)
MDV55391Related to: Hut in enclosure on Giant's Hill (Monument)
MDV55394Related to: Hut or cairn in settlement on Giant's Hill (Monument)
MDV126628Related to: Possible hut circle in settlement on Giant's Hill (Monument)
MDV55390Related to: Possible hut in enclosure on Giant's Hill (Monument)
MDV3352Related to: Prehistoric Settlement on Giant's Hill, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV55389Related to: Structure attached to wall of enclosure on Giant's Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Dec 3 2019 12:07PM