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HER Number:MDV58414
Name:Enclosure on north side of Hound Tor Down, Manaton

Summary

An ovoid enclosure measuring 30 metres by 17.5 metres, containing a single hut circle. The north-eastern sector of the enclosure has been truncated by the imposition of a medieval wall bank, which runs north-west to south-east.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 743 791
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX77NW92
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/393/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 28786
  • Pastscape: 1044916

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Late Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 3000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140555, 1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Enclosure containing two hut circles 80 metres north-north-east of Hound Tor. Oval, 32 metres by 28 metres. Rubble bank wall 2.5 metres wide, 0.8 metres high. Possible entrance. Two attached huts. Later use: medieval field system.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, Map 8.1 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Butler depicts the oval enclosure with four associated hut circles.


Newman, P. + Probert, S. + Riley, H., 1994, Houndtor Down, Manaton, Devon - A New Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. (Report - Survey). SDV344628.

Centred SX 7435 7917. An ovoid enclosure containing a possible hut platform and traces of four further huts lie on the gently sloping north-east flank of Houndtor Down 150 metres north-east of the tor. The enclosure, bisected by a later cornditch measures 28 metres north-west to south-east by 20 metres and is marked on the north and east by stoney banks up to 2.5 metres wide and 1.3 metres high. The west and south sides are formed by a scarp 1.0 metre high, presumably partly the result of stone robbing. Little interior detail is apparent. Of the two hut circles depicted by Butler only one possible stance is recognisable as a crude ring of stones approximately 4.5 metres in diameter. There is no obvious entrance and the interior is sloping.


Newman, P., 2017, An Archaeological Survey of an area affected by burning on Hound Tor Down, Manaton, Devon, 2 (Report - Survey). SDV361522.

An ovoid enclosure measuring 30 metres by 17.5 metres, containing a single hut circle. The enclosure wall, which was terraced into the slope, has been heavily disturbed and comprises a flattened spread of random boulders with surviving traces spread up to 3.5 metres wide. Many of the stones have probably been robbed by later wall builders.
The north-eastern sector of the enclosure has been truncated by the imposition of a medieval wall bank, which runs north-west to south-east, though the earlier wall survives in place.


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

Visited 14/ 07/2019. Entire area totally inundated with bracken at a height of 1.5m which was too dense to even wade through. Impossible to conduct a meaningful survey of this site. Photo included to show the extent of the problem


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

Visited 14/07/2019 Photo included to show the extent of the problem with total bracken inundation

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. MPP 140555, 1997.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. Map 8.1.
SDV344628Report - Survey: Newman, P. + Probert, S. + Riley, H.. 1994. Houndtor Down, Manaton, Devon - A New Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Spiral Bound.
SDV361522Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2017. An Archaeological Survey of an area affected by burning on Hound Tor Down, Manaton, Devon. Southwest Landscape Investigations. Digital. 2. [Mapped feature: #112169 ]
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

MDV58415Related to: Feature in enclosure on north side of Hound Tor Down (Monument)
MDV26979Related to: Field system on north side of Hound Tor Down, Manaton (Monument)
MDV58420Related to: Hut circle by boundary south-east of enclosure on Hound Tor Down (Monument)
MDV58419Related to: Hut circle south-east of enclosure on north side of Hound Tor Down (Monument)
MDV58416Related to: Hut in enclosure on north side of Hound Tor Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7556 - Survey on Hound Tor Down

Date Last Edited:Jul 29 2019 9:53AM