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HER Number:MDV28520
Name:Enclosure with two hut circles attached to the Eylesbarrow Reave

Summary

Enclosure adjoining the Eylesbarrow Reave. The sub-rectangular enclosure measures some 65 metres by 55 metres with large boulder walling 1.0 metre thick and 0.7 metres high; there is a large gap at the east end of the south side but no obvious entrance elsewhere. Two huts with levelled interiors adjoin the enclosure walling. Site recorded in 1979, with later surveys in 1993, 1999 and 2006.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 590 683
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE160
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/488
  • Old SAM Ref: 10742

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX56NE160 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV363209.

(Visited 15/03/1979) SX 5909 6831. On a flattish western slope above a small cliff are the remains of two huts within an enclosure adjoining a reave (SX 56 NE 123). The sub-rectangular enclosure measures some 65 metres by 55 metres with large boulder walling 1.0 metre thick and 0.7 metres high; there is a large gap at the east end of the south side but no obvious entrance elsewhere.
Two type 2 huts with levelled interiors adjoin the enclosure walling; both are 4.0 metres in diameter internally with walling 1.4 metres thick and 0.5 metres high, but the poor condition prevents identification of the entrances. No associated fields are visible and the enclosure is uncleared. (Type site: SX 56 NE 71).
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD. Discovered during field investigation.


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

Not recorded.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133235 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 7th June 1993. Enclosure containing two hut circles, attached to the southern face of the Eylesbarrow watershed reave. Enclosure survives as a D-shaped area, measures 65 metres east to west by 55 metres north to south and is defined by a 1 metre wide boulder wall standing up to 0.7 metres high. Slight lynchets and rough alignments of stones within the enclosure may represent internal divisions. Two hut circles lie within the enclosure and these are composed of circular stone and earth banks surrounding an internal area.


Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S., 1999, Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon (Report - Survey). SDV346268.

(Visited 05/07/1999) Two hut circles (MDV52381-82) and the remains of walling which is apparently part of an associated enclosure (although this is now difficult to define) lie on a south-west facing hillslope in a marshy area centred at SX 5908 6831.


Wessex Archaeology, 2002, Cramber Tor Training Area Rapid Condition Survey, Site WA142 (Report - Survey). SDV354588.


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

Feature shown on survey.


Newman, P., 2006, Cramber Tor Training Area Archaeological Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV233640.

(Visited 01/08/2006) As described in 1999.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Enclosure shown on modern mapping.


English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England, 1013474 (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

This monument includes two enclosures containing stone hut circles, a length of reave, a field boundary and a short length of leat situated on a west facing slope of Eylesbarrow overlooking the valley of the Narrator Brook. The southern enclosure survives as a `D'-shaped area, attached to the Eylesbarrow watershed reave. It measures 65 metres east to west by 55 metres north to south and is defined by a 1 metres wide boulder wall standing up to 0.7 metres high. Slight lynchets and rough alignments of stones within the enclosure may represent internal divisions. Two stone hut circles lie within the enclosure and these are composed of stone and earth banks surrounding internal areas. Both huts are circular in plan, their internal diameters measure 4 metres and the surrounding walls are 0.6 metres and 0.7 metres high.


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, WLK-DT31 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 9/8/2019. Hut circle covered with tussocky grass and reeds with heather on walling. Overall condition good. Photo taken.


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, WLK-DT31 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 350° showing grass, bracken and heather cover.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV233640Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2006. Cramber Tor Training Area Archaeological Field Investigation. English Heritage.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133235.
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.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346268Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S.. 1999. Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV354588Report - Survey: Wessex Archaeology. 2002. Cramber Tor Training Area Rapid Condition Survey. Wessex Archaeology Report. Unknown. Site WA142.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86100 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website. 1013474.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. WLK-DT31.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. WLK-DT31.

Associated Monuments

MDV52381Parent of: Northern hut in enclosure on the Eylesbarrow Reave (Monument)
MDV52382Parent of: Southern hut in enclosure on the Eylesbarrow Reave (Monument)
MDV48901Related to: Eylesbarrow Watershed Reave (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV6153 - Monument Baseline Condition Survey in the Cramber Tor Training Area
  • EDV6239 - Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine
  • EDV7382 - Condition Survey of the Cramber Tor Training Area

Date Last Edited:Sep 16 2019 5:32PM