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Round 275m SSE of Little Delinuth

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Round 275m SSE of Little Delinuth

List entry Number: 1004273

Location

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The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Cornwall

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: St. Teath

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 10-Jan-1972

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: CO 792

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Rounds are small embanked enclosures, one of a range of settlement types dating to between the later Iron Age and the early post-Roman period. Usually circular or oval, they have a single earth and rubble bank and an outer ditch, with one entrance breaking the circuit. Excavations have produced drystone supporting walls within the bank, paved or cobbled entrance ways, post built gate structures, and remains of timber, turf or stone built houses of oval or rectangular plan, often set around the inner edge of the enclosing bank. Other evidence includes hearths, drains, gullies, pits and rubbish middens. Evidence for industrial activities has been recovered from some sites, including small scale metal working and, among the domestic debris, items traded from distant sources. Some rounds are associated with secondary enclosures, either abutting the round as an annexe or forming an additional enclosure. Rounds are viewed primarily as agricultural settlements, the equivalents of farming hamlets. They were replaced by unenclosed settlement types by the 7th century AD. Over 750 rounds are recorded in the British Isles, occurring in areas bordering the Irish Seas, but confined in England to south west Devon and especially Cornwall. Most recorded examples are sited on hillslopes and spurs. Rounds are important as one of the major sources of information on settlement and social organisation of the Iron Age and Roman periods in south west England. Despite some subsequent disturbance, the round 275m SSE of Little Delinuth survives well and is a large example of its type. It will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, trade, agricultural practices, social organisation, territorial significance, domestic arrangements and overall landscape context.

History

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Details

The monument includes a round, situated on the upper western-facing slopes of a ridge forming the watershed between two tributaries of the River Allen. The round survives as a largely circular enclosure measuring up to 150m in maximum diameter. It is defined by a single rampart which measures up to 0.6m high externally with a surrounding, wide and largely-buried outer ditch. Encircling modern hedges overlie the ditch.

The enclosed area has been bisected by a road and an electricity pylon has been built on the western rampart. These features are all excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath them is included.

The round is known locally as 'Delinuth Camp' and referred to as the 'Rounds' in a descriptive reference of 1883. It is closely associated with a second nearby round known as 'Castle Goff' which is the subject of a separate scheduling.

Sources: HER:- PastScape Monument No:-432001

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National Grid Reference: SX0811482977

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