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HER Number:MDV8102
Name:Prehistoric Enclosure east of Hole Rock, Manaton


Prehistoric enclosure containing at least one hut circle to the east of Hole Rock


Grid Reference:SX 757 785
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric pound and enclosed hut circles north-east of Hole Rock

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Historical): NI Site
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/52
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX77NE8
  • Pastscape: 444999

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960, SX77NE8 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV345526.

Pound which appears to incorporate a hut site on the north-west perimeter. The pound has been constructed on a north-west slope, and is slightly scooped on the uphill with a corresponding built-up platform on the lower side. The hut site is a scooped hollow 0.5 metres deep.

Cambridge University, 1974, CUC/RC, 8-X 65-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV135876.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX77NE (Cartographic). SDV337084.

Enclosure visible and recorded with one hut circle incorporated into its northeast wall.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 27 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Small almost circular enclosure circa 33 metres by 29 metres lies in a hollow about 60 metres to the north east of Hole Rock. The walls stand up to 1 metre high and many of the inner and outer facing slabs remain in position. Slight remains of two huts can be identified both of circa 4.3 metres diameter and built side by side against the northern downhill edge. The entrances have been masked because of soil creep down the slope. Other details: Map 2, Site 2.

Newman, P., 1999, 2002, Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon (Revised), 11, Figure 3 (b) (Report - Survey). SDV346395.

Non-reave Prehistoric settlement to the north of Smallacombe Rocks. A sub-circular enclosure with substantial stone and earth walls. It contains one certain and two possible huts attached to the interior walls. It has no visible association with the reave system. The plan shows the three hut circles on the interior of the north side of the enclosure.

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

Pound and stone hut circles north of Smallacombe Rocks considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Number 13.

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

Enclosure and hut circles shown.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 444999 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345527.

Enclosure with hut circles on the moderately sloping western side of the Black Hill knoll is a sub-circular enclosure containing three probable hut circles. The enclosure walls consist of stony banks covered by turf and are approximately 3 metres wide and stand to height of 1 metre in places. The enclosed area is approximately 0.76 hectares. Set against the northern inner wall are three probable hut circles. The best of these at SX75787852 consists of a low turf covered circle with an approximately level floor. The internal diameter is between 4 metres and 4.5 metres. Three stones of the wall are visible including one orthostat. A second hut is sited at SX75767852. It is eliptical in shape measuring 4 metres by 4.5 metres. A further structure adjoins it to the south. It too is eliptical measuring 4.8 metres by 3.5 metres. Both structures are completely turf-covered.

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

Enclosure shown on modern mapping as 'Enclosed Hut'. One possible hut circle is shown on the interior of the north-west side of the enclosure. An entrance is shown to the south.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV135876Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University. 1974. CUC/RC. Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photographs. Photograph (Paper). 8-X 65-6.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 27.
SDV337084Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX77NE. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #107809 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345526Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960. SX77NE8. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345527National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 444999. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV346395Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 1999, 2002. Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon (Revised). Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A1/2/1999. A4 Spiral Bound. 11, Figure 3 (b).

Associated Monuments

MDV115779Parent of: Prehistoric Hut Circle within Enclosure east of Hole Rock, Manaton (Monument)
MDV26561Related to: Prehistoric Earthwork Bank west of Hole Rock, Ilsington and Manaton (Monument)
MDV26623Related to: Prehistoric Parallel Reave System east of Smallacombe Rocks (Monument)
MDV8055Related to: Prehistoric Settlement at Smallacombe Rocks, Ilsington (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7021 - Haytor Down: Survey Report (Ref: A1/2/1999)

Date Last Edited:Apr 6 2020 12:12PM