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HER Number:MDV55495
Name:Enclosure at Shavercombe, Shaugh Prior

Summary

Circular enclosure, 40 metres in diameter, defined by a 2.7 metre wide and 0.6 metre high rubble bank. Enclosure formed the focus for a medieval farmstead and contains a number of structures of historic date. None of the structures surviving within the enclosure could be certainly identified as prehistoric, although a sub circular structure attached to the inner face of the south-west wall might be. The interior of this structure is 15.5 metres by 8 metres and is defined by a 1.7 metre wide and 0.4 metre high rubble bank.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 591 663
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/605
  • Old SAM Ref: 24230(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Early Bronze Age to Late Medieval - 2200 BC to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140485, 10/5/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Circular enclosure, 40 metres in diameter, defined by a 2.7 metre wide and 0.6 metre high rubble bank. Enclosure formed the focus for a medieval farmstead and contains a number of structures of historic date. None of the structures surviving within the enclosure could be certainly identified as prehistoric, although a sub circular structure attached to the inner face of the south-west wall might be. The interior of this structure is 15.5 metres by 8 metres and is defined by a 1.7 metre wide and 0.4 metre high rubble bank.
Despite the later reoccupation of this site, the enclosure probably does contain archaeological structures and deposits of prehistoric date which will survive as buried features. The National Trust Upper Plym Inventory notes that this enclosure is only visible from the air. This is not the case and its earthworks can be traced clearly on the ground.


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


National Trust and English Heritage, 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape, 271/102.974 (Report - non-specific). SDV166309.

Circular or oval shaped enclosure depicted by Butler.


Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

The modern mapping shows this enclosure as rather more angular than has been depicted by Butler and described by Gerrard.

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. Map 49.
SDV166309Report - non-specific: National Trust and English Heritage. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 102.130. A4 Comb Bound. 271/102.974.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140485, 10/5/1995.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #95250 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV55493Related to: Shavercombe deserted settlement, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Apr 22 2016 4:08PM