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HER Number:MDV8739
Name:Enclosure with central hut in settlement on Shapley Common

Summary

Prehistoric enclosure within West Coombe settlement with a hut circle within the walls

Location

Grid Reference:SX 701 817
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: West Coombe Prehistoric settlement including a field system, enclosures and hut circles, and medieval field system with ridge and furrow on Hookney Down to south-east

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 445635
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/18
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX78SW9
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Iron Age - 700 BC? to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Whiteley, N., 1855, Plan of Shapley Common Tor (Report - Survey). SDV306838.

"Many huts and traces of enclosures some way down on east side of Shapeley Tor" marked on plan by Whiteley.


Worth, R. H., 1943, The Prehistoric Pounds of Dartmoor, 281-2 (Article in Serial). SDV320337.

Shapley Tor, 914 metres north of Grimspound. Bronze Age pound of irregular shape with one hut circle within the walls. The pound is within the settlement and field system.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX78SW9 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346549.


Fox, A., 1954, Celtic Fields and Farms on Dartmoor in Light of Recent Excavations at Kestor, 87 (Article in Serial). SDV231175.


National Monuments Record, 1977, SX7081 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346552.


Gibson, A., 1984, Survey and Excavation on Shapley Common, Dartmoor, 1984 (Report - Excavation). SDV346474.

Other details: Plan.


Gibson, A., 1984, Survey of a Platform Settlement at Gold Park, Shapley Common, Dartmoor: Easter 1984 (Report - Survey). SDV363151.

Other details: Plan.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Sub-circular enclosure visible on aerial photograph with a hut circle attached within it.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 159-160 (Monograph). SDV299725.

West Coombe Prehistoric settlent includes a heart-shaped enclosure 24 metres across with a funnel entrance on the south-west side. Within the enclosure is Hut 1 of 7.6 metres diameter now choked with large stone from the field outside. An oval pen has been constructed by a double-slabbed wall against the southern perimeter and another on the opposite side of the enclosure by a curved wall extending outwards from the edge of the hut. Other details: Map 23, Site 1, Figure 23.1.


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Enclosure and Hut Circle' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231175Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1954. Celtic Fields and Farms on Dartmoor in Light of Recent Excavations at Kestor. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 20. Unknown. 87.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 159-160.
SDV306838Report - Survey: Whiteley, N.. 1855. Plan of Shapley Common Tor. Digital.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV320337Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1943. The Prehistoric Pounds of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. A5 Hardback. 281-2.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #108819 ]
SDV346474Report - Excavation: Gibson, A.. 1984. Survey and Excavation on Shapley Common, Dartmoor, 1984. University of Leicester. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV346549Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX78SW9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346552Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX7081. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV363151Report - Survey: Gibson, A.. 1984. Survey of a Platform Settlement at Gold Park, Shapley Common, Dartmoor: Easter 1984. Individual. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV8724Part of: West Coombe Settlement, Shapley Common (Monument)
MDV55154Related to: Bank and Ditch at West Coombe Settlement (Monument)
MDV55153Related to: Hut Circle in West Coombe settlement (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8134 - Survey of settlement on Shapley Common

Date Last Edited:Aug 2 2019 3:55PM