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HER Number:MDV3435
Name:Enclosure east of Down Tor, 740m north east of Combshead Tor

Summary

Circular enclosure survives as a 47 metre diameter area defined by a 2.5 metre wide and 0.8 metre high double faced rubble wall. Entrance is denoted by a slab which extends through the thickness of the wall. Lies close to a cairn and stone alignment and may have been associated with these monuments.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 591 694
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/131
  • Old SAM Ref: 24121

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=9/6/1950 (os) a circular enclosure 47.0m in diameter. The wall consists of rather large stones and is 3.0m wide. Average height 0.4m. There is no definite entrance.


NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV250561.

There is no evidence of habitation and both the interior and the surrounding area are stone free. This combined with its rather isolated situation suggests the possibility of a prehistoric stock pound (nmr, citing os).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV250565.

Worth, r. H. /tda/75(1943)274-275 fig.2/the prehistoric pounds of dartmoor.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV250566.

Osa=sx56ne30/plan.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV250567.

Aph=nmr sx 59 69.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV250568.

Brent, f. /jbaa/39(1883)218/on a group of prehistoric remains on dartmoor.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV250569.

Aph=nmr sx5969/1/294(31/5/1978).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV250571.

Osa=sx56ne30.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV250572.

Worth, r. H. /dartmoor/(1981)212.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV250573.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities/(1991)166.


WORTH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV6808.

Hingston hill pound, east of down tor, is a circular enclosure whose wall consists of large stones. Entrance is marked by a slab like stone which extends through the thickness of a wall. About 100m from the pound in a direction 15 s of e lies the centre of a cairn, c.18m in diameter at the base. The down tor stone row points to this cairn. There is no hut circle in the pound or in the vicinity. Mean elevation of the ground is approx 300m. Plan given (worth).


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

Agglomerated enclosure of three elements visible on aerial photographs. Element marked on os contains hut circle connected to enclosure wall by length of internal walling. Largest element to west has a large hut circle, or further element incorporated into its south wall (rchm app 1985).


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130925, 25/5/1993 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Circular enclosure survives as a 47 metre diameter area defined by a 2.5 metre wide and 0.8 metre high double faced rubble wall. Entrance is denoted by a slab which extends through the thickness of the wall. Lies close to a cairn and stone alignment and may have been associated with these monuments. Circular or oval enclosures containing no huts are relatively common on Dartmoor, although most examples lie in close proximity to a settlement. A small number, however, are found in association with ritual or funerary monuments and these are consequently considered as more likely to have served a ceremonial function.


Probert, S., 2013, Cramber Tor Survey data (Cartographic). SDV361430.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Migrated Record: NMR, CITING OS.
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  • Aerial Photograph:
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  • Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130925, 25/5/1993.
  • Cartographic: 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.
  • Cartographic: Probert, S.. 2013. Cramber Tor Survey data. GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #118069 ]
  • Migrated Record: WORTH.

Associated Monuments

MDV3375Related to: Cairn 170 metres north-east of Down Tor Stone Row (Monument)
MDV25104Related to: Trial pits on Walkhampton Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7382 - Condition Survey of the Cramber Tor Training Area

Date Last Edited:Jun 10 2019 3:44PM