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HER Number:MDV26257
Name:Enclosure on the south of Yartor Down

Summary

Fragments of enclosure walls on the southern lower slope of Yartor, just north of the road. The site was heavily covered by gorse when surveyed in 2008 but according to Butler (1991), more evidence exists at this site. The enclosure and one hut circle referred to by the Ordnance Survey (1985) was totally obscured. One hut (MDV6443) was visible.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 679 733
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SE24
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/315
  • Pastscape: 442925
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951 - 1980, SX67SE24 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346978.

Oval in enclosure less than 0.1 hectare in size and very close to hut circle (PRN 6443). This enclosure may have a hut circle incorporated in northern wall and is attached by its eastern wall to a reave. Other details: Plan.


National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX6773/1, 75-79 (Aerial Photograph). SDV285717.


Ordnance Survey, 1980, Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments (Report - Survey). SDV315817.

Two hut circles, walls, and a circular field or enclosure with ?lynchetted walls shown on undated Ordnance Survey survey drawing in Sites and Monuments Record.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Visible on 1977 National Monuments Record aerial photograph.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 126 (Monograph). SDV299725.

The enclosure surrounding the hut circle here is cut by the Dartmeet road and the extension south of the road is lost in disturbed ground. Immediately opposite the hut is a circular enclosure about 19.0 meters across from which a curved bank runs downhill. The walls of this enclosure are double-slabbed and show no obvious entrance way, although there are a number of gaps. Function is uncertain. Other details: Map 14, 10.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Part of Dartmeet coaxial field system (Northern Part) which was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 43.


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.


National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 2008 data (Website). SDV362732.

A hut circle and fragments of enclosure walls on the southern lower slope of Yartor, just north of the road. The site was heavily covered by gorse at the time of survey and according to Butler, more evidence exists at this site (1991). The enclosure and one hut circle referred to by the Ordnance Survey (1963) was totally obscured. The visible hut circle is a turf-covered circular earthwork with a level interior and no definable entrance. It is built into a slight slope against a probable reave and has a diameter of 6.8 metres, with walls of 1.5 metres wide and 0.7 metres high (citing Newman, P., 14/03/2008, English Heritage Archaeological Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV285717Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX6773/1. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 75-79.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 126.
SDV315817Report - Survey: Ordnance Survey. 1980. Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Plan. Unknown.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #85241 ]
SDV346978Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951 - 1980. SX67SE24. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 2008 data.

Associated Monuments

MDV6030Part of: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV6443Related to: Hut Circle on the south of Yartor Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Mar 4 2019 1:00PM