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HER Number:MDV3443
Name:Oval enclosure north-east of the Drizzlecombe stone rows

Summary

A sub-oval shaped enclosure with an impressive boulder/slab wall, containing one hut circle which could pre-date it, linked to the enclosure wall. The enclosure measures 22m north-south by 42m east-west internally.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 594 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/137
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/437
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24104
  • Old SAM Ref: 10729

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56NE90 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV252118.

(27/06/1977) On a south-facing slope at 350.0 m OD above the River Plym are two enclosures and six hut circles. (See also MDV4046).
The eastern enclosure, oval-shaped and 50.0m by 30.0m, contains one Type 2 hut circle, internal diameter 4.0m with an entrance on the south; between the hut and the enclosure wall is a small annexe. South-west of this enclosure are three hut-circles, in good condition, two of Type 2, internal diameters 9.0m and 6.5m with walls 1.4m thick and one Type 1, internal diameter 6.0m with a wall 1.2m thick. All have southern entrances.
There is no associated field system. (Type sites: 1, SX 56 SE 19; 2, SX 56 NE 71). Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

National Monuments Record, 1983, NMR SF2134, 79 (Aerial Photograph). SDV238551.

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

Small triangular enclosure visible on 1983 aerial to the north-west of enclosure (MDV3443). Linked by short length of walling. Enclosure partitioned into two elements. Hut circle attached at apex of enclosure. Area approximately 0.05 hectares.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133453 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(12/03/1996) At SX 5950 6712. This enclosure containing one hut circle, forms part of a cluster of Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual and settlement features including three stone alignments, at least 22 cairns, five enclosures and a large number of associated hut circles.
The sub-oval enclosure measures internally 22m north-south by 42m east-west and is defined by a 2m wide lynchetted rubble wall standing up to 0.8m high.
The hut circle is composed of an oval stone and earth bank surrounding an internal area and is of the simple plan and double orthostat walling type. Interior measures 4.2 metres by 4 metres and is surrounded by a 1.3 metres wide wall standing up to 0.7 metres high. A south facing gap in the surrounding wall is lined by slabs on both sides and represents an original doorway. This building is attached to the inner face of the west circuit of enclosure boundary wall and a small area measuring 4 metres by 2.4 metres between the building and the southern length of the boundary may represent a stock pen or covered outbuilding. This enclosure contains one visible hut.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Enclosure (D) is elongated along the contour with a single hut circle (11) of 4 metres diameter at the western end.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360208.

Oval enclosure shown on Lidar data.

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

(09/08/1999) The sub-oval shaped enclosure centred at SX 5949 6712 has an impressive boulder/slab wall. It contains one hut circle which could pre-date it. This hut, at SX 5947 6712, which is linked to the wall 'perhaps forming a small annexe, is up to 7.2m in overall diameter with a tumbled wall now 2.0m thick, some upright facing slabs are visible. Its entrance is in the south-east side.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1014145 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Oval enclosure 48 metres by 27 metres with a bank of earth and stone 2 metres wide, 0.3 metres high.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, UP-DZ 26 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 08/02/2020. Overall condition moderate. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, UP-DZ 26 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 220° showing grass/moss and bracken cover with footpath crossing the enclosure (SW/NE).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49.
SDV238551Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1983. NMR SF2134. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 79.
SDV252118Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56NE90. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133453.
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.
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.
SDV360208Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1014145.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #112913 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UP-DZ 26.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UP-DZ 26.

Associated Monuments

MDV3444Parent of: Hut within oval enclosure north-east of Drizzlecombe complex (Monument)
MDV3337Related to: Enclosure north-east of the Drizzlecombe stone rows (Monument)
MDV4046Related to: Enclosure north-east of the Drizzlecombe Stone Rows (Monument)
MDV4033Related to: Enclosure with huts and cairns, Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV55248Related to: Hut circle west of enclosure, Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV55245Related to: Hut north-east of oval enclosure at Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV55246Related to: Hut north-east of oval enclosure at Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV55247Related to: Probable cairn north-east of enclosures at Drizzlecombe. (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Feb 13 2020 11:16AM