Enclosure on the west side of the Erme valley below Stalldown
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1012767
Date first listed: 29-Nov-1991
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: South Hams (District Authority)
National Park: DARTMOOR
National Grid Reference: SX 64097 61700
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 settlements, major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments, as well as later industrial remains, gives significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. This enclosure on the south-east slope of Stalldown is a well-preserved example with a hut circle. It provides important insight into farming practices on the Moor during the prehistoric period.
The Dartmoor landscape includes many discrete plots of land enclosed by stone
walls or banks of earth and stone, 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 to the Bronze Age (c.
2500 - 500 BC), though earlier and later ones also exist.
This small enclosure, 28m. by 25m. has a hut circle 10.5m. in diameter at
the southern end. It is heavily overgrown by bracken and its entrance cannot
be certainly identified.
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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 10516
Legacy System: RSM
Devon County SMR,
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing