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HER Number:MDV4016
Name:Prehistoric Settlement on Eastern Tor, Sheepstor

Summary

Small Prehistoric enclosure with two internal hut circles on Eastern Tor. The scheduling for this site was revised in 1992.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 585 664
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/20
  • Old SAM County Ref: 572
  • Old SAM Ref: 10712

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 4286-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NE50 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV216445.

After doubts that this enclosure existed, the site was confirmed through a visit in 1950. Other details: Plan.


Ministry of Works, 1965, Enclosure with hut circles on Eastern Tor (Schedule Document). SDV216444.

This enclosure with hut circles lies on the south-east facing slope of Eastern Tor, above the north bank of the River Plym. It is irregular in shape, its eastern side having been incorporated in a later intake wall. The bank is built of earth and stone with some very large boulders and is up to 2.5 meters in width and 0.4 meters in height generally, but up to 1.0 meter in height where the large boulders stand. The enclosure is subdivided by a wall cutting off the north-eastern end and there are two freestanding hut circles in the larger part of the enclosure. These hut circles are both 8.0 meters in diameter with double faced walls 1.0 meter in thickness and 0.3 meters in height. The southern hut has large stones up to 0.6 meters in height incorporated in its walls and an entrance to the north-east. The northern hut has an entrance to the west. The enclosure covers an area of approximately 0.3 hectares.


National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX5866, 1/4 (Aerial Photograph). SDV217387.


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

Partitioned enclosure in two parts. Two hut circles freestanding within enclosure. Enclosure is incorporated into field boundary of field system (SX56NE/379) along its long axis. Area approximately 0.25 hectares.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 125, Figure 49.10, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Eastern Tor Prehistoric Settlement seems to have had five separate enclosures. Enclosure A is the only moderately complete structure though reconstructed on the downhill side. It was subdivided into unequal portions and contains two hut circles of 4.5 and 6.5 metres diameter.


Whitbourn, A., 2001, An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren, 13-16, 79, Photographs 3-5 (Report - Assessment). SDV360381.

Part of the Bronze Age settlement on the south-east slope of Eastern Tor incorporating several hut circles.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Enclosure shown on modern mapping.

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. 125, Figure 49.10, Map 49.
SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4286-7.
SDV216444Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 1965. Enclosure with hut circles on Eastern Tor. The Schedule of Monuments. Digital.
SDV216445Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NE50. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV217387Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX5866. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1/4.
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.
SDV360381Report - Assessment: Whitbourn, A.. 2001. An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren. A4 Comb Bound. 13-16, 79, Photographs 3-5.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #90624 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV122227Parent of: Hut Circle within Prehistoric Settlement on Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122228Parent of: Hut Circle within Prehistoric Settlement on Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV14142Related to: Ditsworthy Warren, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122229Related to: Hut Circle within Prehistoric Settlement to the east of Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122230Related to: Hut Circle within Prehistoric Settlement to the east of Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122231Related to: Hut Circle within Prehistoric Settlement to the east of Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122232Related to: Hut Circle within Prehistoric Settlement to the east of Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122233Related to: Hut Circle within Prehistoric Settlement to the east of Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122234Related to: Hut Circle within Prehistoric Settlement to the east of Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122235Related to: Hut Circle within Prehistoric Settlement to the east of Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122236Related to: Hut Circle within Prehistoric Settlement to the east of Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4023Related to: Prehistoric Settlement to the east of Eastern Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7551 - Ditsworthy Warren: An archaeological investigation
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area

Date Last Edited:Aug 31 2018 10:30AM