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HER Number:MDV26471
Name:Field system 550 metres south-west of Little Sherberton, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Prehistoric field system south of Little Sherberton. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 633 729
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Walling remains and earthworks of Bronze Age field system and fragments of enclosures and cairns 550 metres south of Little Sherberton

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 912206
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/287
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 3428 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

National Monuments Record, 1983, NMR SF2134, 0107 (Aerial Photograph). SDV247915.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Agglomerated enclosure of seven to nine elements, containing five hut circles at SX63257292 and one at SX63447290. There are fragments of walls at SX63507295, SX63487248 and SX63267280 (the latter incorporates a possible hut circle at SX63267277). Although this feature has been treated as an enclosure, it is large enough to be considered as a field system.
Only two fragments of the prehistoric enclosure depicted by the Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England aerial photograph transcription are visible on the ground. One turf-covered wall is visible between SX63287305 and SX63247291. Built of large and medium boulders it varies from 1.4 meters to 1.8 meters wide with a maximum height of 0.4 meters. The second section runs from SX63337288 to an acute corner at SX63387294 and then on to SX68417290. Up to the corner it is visible as a line of boulders barely protruding through the peat. From the corner it consists of an earthen bank 2.4 meters wide and 0.4 meters high.
These boundaries are on a gently rounded hilltop amidst large areas of peat cutting. The berms between the various cuttings may be depicted by Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph Project (1985) as further boundaries. No hut circles are visible.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 215, Map 63 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Western of two settlements between the Swincombe and Dart rivers at 'Swincombe Ford Newtake'. Each group contained at least seven fields about 5 to 6 hectares in area. Little can be seen on the ground apart from occasional short runs of slabs alternating with low banks barely 0.1 metres high as most of the circuit is now completely buried. A single hut circle is visible as a saucer shaped depression about 5 metres across.

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

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

Two lengths of boundary shown on survey.

Cartographic Engineering, 2006, Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345590.

Some field boundaries visible on aerial photograph.

National Monuments Record, 2010, Untitled Source (National Monuments Record Database). SDV214864.

Other details: SX 67 SW 129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV214864National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV247915Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1983. NMR SF2134. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 0107.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3428.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 215, Map 63.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345590Aerial Photograph: Cartographic Engineering. 2006. Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital. [Mapped feature: #128449 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV129808Parent of: Hut circle within field system south-west of Little Sherberton, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54431Related to: Cairn within field system south-east of Sherberton, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV26470Related to: Field system 530 meters south of Little Sherberton, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 20 2021 12:40PM