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HER Number:MDV5205
Name:Enclosure with hut circle west of Mardle Brook

Summary

Prehistoric enclosure with internal hut circle west of Mardle Brook. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 675 686
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEST BUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Walling remains of Bronze Age settlement comprising an enclosure with associated hut circles north of Snowdon Hole, Buckfastleigh Moor

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 441360
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/32
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66NE4 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV146357.

Enclosure consisting of an almost completely turf and bracken covered bank with only few stones showing. It averages 2.5 meters in width and 0.5 meters in height. The bank or wall finishes abruptly to the north-east at SX67506868 against a large apparently naturally sited boulder. The last few metres before it ends at SX67506865 it is only traceable by occasional rocks and a difference in the colouration of the turf. The general condition of the enclosure is fairly good.
It seems possible that the features to the south-west of this enclosure (walls and possible hut circle) may represent remains of earlier settlement which have been extensively robbed in construction of the main features (enclosure and internal hut circle). The whole area has a dense covering of bracken, heather and whortleberries which makes it difficult to ensure that all main features are found. Other details: Plan at scale 1:1056.


National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1457, 426 (Aerial Photograph). SDV172921.


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

Big sub-rectangular enclosure with internal partition and hut circle - this does not tally with 1950 Ordnance Survey card / plan which omits part of the south-eastern wall of the enclosure.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV146357Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66NE4. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV172921Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1457. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 426.
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.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94182 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV5206Parent of: Hut circle within enclosure west of Mardle Brook (Monument)
MDV5208Related to: Possible hut circle near enclosure west of Mardle Brook (Monument)
MDV5209Related to: WALL in the Parish of West Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV5210Related to: WALL in the Parish of West Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV5211Related to: WALL in the Parish of West Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV5212Related to: WALL in the Parish of West Buckfastleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Dec 18 2012 2:56PM