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HER Number:MDV49683
Name:Feature on southern edge of prehistoric enclosure south of Leeden Tor

Summary

Recorded as a reservoir in 1992, this was described in 2007 as an enclosure. The feature survives as a circular depression 9.8 metres diameter, 1.3 metres deep. Attached to the southern boundary wall of enclosure (MDV3702). Other possible interpretations include military activity, small enclosure or large hut circle. If this reservoir is contemporary with the adjacent hut settlement it would be of considerable rarity on Dartmoor.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 561 709
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/2/6
  • Old SAM Ref: 22264

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD? (Between))
  • (Former Type) RESERVOIR (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Post Medieval - 4000 BC? to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Visited 23/4/1992 (SX 5616 7098) Reservoir surviving as circular depression 9.8 metres diameter, 1.3 metres deep. Attached to the southern boundary wall of enclosure (MDV3702). Other possible interpretations include military activity, small enclosure or large hut circle. If this reservoir is contemporary with the adjacent hut settlement it would be of considerable rarity on Dartmoor.


Fletcher, M. J., 2007, English Heritage Field Investigation, 11/05/2007 (Report - Survey). SDV362913.

Against the lower boundary of the southern enclosure, here visible as a pronounced 0.7 metre high lynchet, is an enclosure of uncertain origin and purpose although it may be contemporary with the huts and enclosure. Investigated and surveyed at 1:2500 scale.


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

Visited 09/04/2019. Would think more likely to be reservoir than enclosure because of its depression. Damage to the ground around the reservoir will need addressing at some point in the future - animal scrapes and human traffic around the south edge Photos X 2 taken


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

Visited 09/04/2019. Photos X 2 taken


Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #116911 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3702Related to: Enclosed stone hut circle settlement 700 metres south of Leeden Tor (Monument)
MDV3703Related to: Hut in settlement 700 metres south of Leeden Tor (Monument)
MDV3707Related to: Hut in settlement 700 metres south of Leeden Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 3 2019 3:08PM