The northern of three enclosures north of Ford Waste

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012799

Date first listed: 12-Jan-1961

Date of most recent amendment: 10-Jun-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of The northern of three enclosures north of Ford Waste
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Location

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Cornwood

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 60721 61989

Summary

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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 provide 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 remains, gives significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. Within the landscape of Dartmoor there are many discrete plots of land enclosed by stone walls or banks of stone and earth, most of which date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC), though earlier and later examples also exist. They were constructed as stock pens or as protected areas for crop growing and were sometimes subdivided to accommodate stock and hut circle dwellings for farmers and herdsmen. The size and form of enclosures may therefore vary considerably depending on their particular function. Their variation in form, longevity and relationship to other monument classes provide important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming practices amongst prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

This, the northern of three enclosures north of Ford Waste, forms part of a dense concentration of occupation evidence along Ford Brook.

History

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Details

This enclosure, the northern of three north of Ford Waste, consists of a curving bank with a hut circle attached to it and a wide opening to the south-west. It lies in an area of natural boulders and measures some 20m north/south by 15m east/west, defined by a bank of earth and stone over a metre in width and up to 0.5m in height. The hut circle is attached to the southern bank and is 9m in diameter with walls 1m in thickness and 0.5m in height and a probable entrance to the south.

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.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 10770

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
SX66SW-099, SX66SW-099, (1990)

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