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HER Number:MDV55247
Name:Probable cairn north-east of enclosures at Drizzlecombe.

Summary

A disturbed circular spread of stones and boulders lie in dense clitter on a hillslope at SX 5954 6717. It measures 8.5m across, up to about 0.6m high and it is cut by a ragged trench; there is evidence of a possible kerb. Previously classified as either a cairn or a hut circle its appearance coupled with the presence of the trench seems to indicate that it is a disturbed cairn rather than a hut circle.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 595 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE231
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/579/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 24104
  • Pastscape: 1244682

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) HUT CIRCLE? (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • CAIRN (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133438 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(12/03/1993) SX 5955 6716 This cairn or hut circle forms part of a cluster of Neolithic and bronze age settlement and ritual features including 5 enclosures, a large number of associated hut circles, 3 stone alignments and at least 22 cairns.
The structure lies immediately ne of an enclosure. It survives as an 8m diameter and 0.5m high, spread of rubble surrounding a level internal area measuring 4m by 2.3m.
Positive identification of this item is not possible since it could be a hut circle or partly robbed cairn. Its location, immediately beside 2 hut circles would support the building interpretation, but large numbers of cairns do survive on this hillside. Butler records this item as a cairn, but it is more likely to be a stone hut circle.

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

Cairn shown to the north-east of feature (12) to the north-east of Drizzlecombe Enclosure (D).

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

(08/08/1999) A disturbed circular spread of stones and boulders lie in dense clitter on a hillslope at SX 5954 6717. It measures 8.5m across, up to about 0.6m high and it is cut by a ragged trench; there is evidence of a possible kerb (or wall face ?).
Previously classified as either a cairn or a hut circle its appearance coupled with the presence of the trench seems to indicate that it is a disturbed cairn rather than a hut circle.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Feature shown as a cairn on survey.

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.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133438.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #113012 ]
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV55245Related to: Hut north-east of oval enclosure at Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV55246Related to: Hut north-east of oval enclosure at Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV3443Related to: Oval enclosure north-east of the Drizzlecombe stone rows (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Feb 4 2020 12:58PM