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HER Number:MDV28535
Name:Enclosure and hut circle on Lee Moor

Summary

The remains of three enclosures and a single infilled hut circle lie in open moorland above the right bank of Spanish Lake.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 585 645
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/327
  • Old SAM Ref: 10645( 24119(P)
  • Pastscape: 439402

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56SE105, 21/6/1977 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV143570.

A small circular enclosure with a hut built onto its north wall, and on a west facing slope at 355 metres OD. The enclosure has a 16 metre internal diameter with walling 1.1 metres wide and 0.5 metres high. Its poor condition makes the identification of entrances difficult, though they are possibly to the north and south. The hut is of Type 1 with rubble walls 2 metres thick and 0.7 metres high and an internal diameter of 5 metres. There is a possible entrance on the south side.


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

An enclosure is shown but not described at SX58516452 by the Project.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133401, 18/5/1994 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(SX5849 6452) Agglomerate enclosure containing one stone hut circle forms the southern part of a large stone hut circle settlement, lying on a gentle west facing slope overlooking the valley of Spanish Lake.
Agglomerate enclosure includes three elements and covers 0.13 hectares. The northern enclosure is the earliest, measures 20 metres in diameter and is defined by a 1.5 metre wide and 0.5 metre high rubble bank. A hut circle which survives as a 2 metre wide and 0.6 metre high circular bank of stone and earth surrounding an internal area measuring 2 metres in diameter is linked to the east wall of this enclosure.
The relative dates of the remaining two enclosures could not be established from the earthwork evidence alone. The interior of the southern enclosure measures 28 metres by 26 metres and is defined by a low, partly lynchetted rubble bank measuring 1.8 metres wide and 0.3 metres high. The eastern enclosure lies immediately next to the northern example, measures 15 metres east-west by 10 metres north-south and is defined by a curving 1.2 metre wide rubble bank standing up to 0.3 metres high.


Robertson, J. G., 1991, The Archaeology of the Upper Plym (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV166324.

Two enclosures and three hut circles depicted and described by Robertson.


Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey, 23/04/2002 (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

Centred SX 58506451. The remains of three enclosures and a single infilled hut circle lie in open moorland above the right bank of Spanish Lake.
The most complete enclosure measure 18 metres north to south by 20 metres and is bounded by a turf covered stony bank around 1.3 metres wide and 0.4 metres high. The east side of this feature incorporates a hut circle, 5.8 metres in overall diameter and 0.7 metres high. The latter has been used as a repository for cleared surface stone and now resembles a cairn. Adjoining the east and south sides of the main enclosure are the incomplete remains of two more former fields measuring 14 metres by 16 metres and 32 metres by 23 metres respectively.
There is no ground evidence to suggest the presence of the additional huts recorded by Robertson (1991).


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Northern part of the enclosure and parts of the eastern and southern enclosures visible on the aerial photography. Remains to the south less clear.


Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

The northern part of the enclosure and hut circle are depicted on the modern mapping, although the enclosure is rather smaller than the true size as seen on the aerial photography.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

This monument includes two agglomerate enclosures and a cluster of stone hut circles lying on a gentle west facing slope of Lee Moor overlooking the valley of Spanish Lake.
The second agglomerate enclosure forms the southern edge of the settlement and includes three elements covering 0.13ha. The northern enclosure is the earliest, measures 20m in diameter and is defined by a 1.5m wide and 0.5m high rubble bank. A stone hut circle which survives as a 2m wide and 0.6m high bank of stone and earth surrounding a circular internal area measuring 2m in diameter is linked to the eastern wall of this enclosure. The relative dates of the remaining two enclosures could not be established from the earthwork evidence alone. The interior of the southern enclosure measures 28m long by 26m wide and is defined by a low, partly lynchetted rubble bank measuring 1.8m wide and 0.3m high.
The eastern enclosure lies immediately next to the northern example, measures 15m long east to west by 10m wide north to south and is defined by a curving 1.2m wide rubble bank standing up to 0.3m high.
Scheduling amended 2001.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143570Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56SE105. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown. 21/6/1977.
SDV166324Post-Graduate Thesis: Robertson, J. G.. 1991. The Archaeology of the Upper Plym.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133401, 18/5/1994.
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.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86107 ]
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown. 23/04/2002.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV2546Related to: Scatter of hut circles on Lee Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 23 2015 11:53AM