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Enclosure north-west of Gutter Tor

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: Enclosure north-west of Gutter Tor

List entry Number: 1012032

Location

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

County: Devon

District: West Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Sheepstor

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 14-Oct-1991

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

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10630

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Dartmoor is the largest expanse of open moorland in Southern Britain and because of exceptional conditions of preservation, it is also one of the most complete examples of an upland relict landscape in the whole country. The great wealth and diversity of archaeological remains provides direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the early Prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial monuments, gives significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. This enclosure below Gutter Tor is a well-preserved example and with other settlement sites, ceremonial monuments and Eylesbarrow Reave in the vicinity, provides important insight into occupation and farming practices on the Moor during the Prehistoric period.

History

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Details

The Dartmoor landscape includes many discrete plots of land enclosed by stone walls or earth and stone banks, which acted as stock pens or protected areas for crop growing. Some of them were subdivided to accommodate hut dwellings for farmers and herdsmen. Many examples date from the Bronze Age (c.2500-500 BC), though earlier and later ones also exist. This enclosure lies on the northern slope of Gutter Tor within 100m of Eylesbarrow Reave and a cairn with a cist. It is sub-rectangular in shape and measures 11m by 10m the bank of earth and stone is up to 0.5m in height and 1m in width. There are possible entrances in the north-west and north- east corners and a small pen, 3m across, attached to the inner face of the west wall just south of the entrance.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

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Devon County SMR SX56NE-010,

National Grid Reference: SX 57591 67153

Map

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