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Enclosure and stone hut circle 700m west of Sharpitor

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 and stone hut circle 700m west of Sharpitor

List entry Number: 1019590

Location

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

County: Devon

District: West Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Walkhampton

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 19-Feb-2001

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

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 34426

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 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.

The enclosure and stone hut circle 700m west of Sharpitor survive well and represent an important source of information relating to the occupation of this area during later prehistoric times. This settlement forms part of a well-preserved group of broadly contemporary sites which together illustrate the character of prehistoric activity on this side of the Moor.

History

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Details

The monument includes an enclosure and stone hut circle situated on a gentle west facing slope of Sharpitor overlooking the valley of the River Tamar. The enclosure survives as a 20m diameter circular area surrounded by a rubble bank measuring up to 4m wide and 0.8m high. The stone hut circle sits in the northern part of the enclosure and is butted by the enclosure wall. The interior of the stone hut circle measures 6m in diameter and is surrounded by a 1.4m wide double orthostatic wall standing up to 0.6m high.

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

Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX57SE285, (1986)

National Grid Reference: SX 55282 70303

Map

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