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Prehistoric field system and settlements on Kerswell Down and Whilborough Common

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: Prehistoric field system and settlements on Kerswell Down and Whilborough Common

List entry Number: 1021377

Location

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

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Kingskerswell

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 03-Sep-2004

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

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 36029

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Stone hut circles and hut circle settlements were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers. Most date from the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). The stone- based round-houses consist of low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; the remains of the turf, thatch or heather roofs are not preserved. The huts may occur singly or in small or large groups and may lie in the open or be enclosed by a bank of earth or stone. Frequently traces of their associated field systems may be found immediately around them. These may be indicated by areas of clearance cairns and/or the remains of field walls and other enclosures. The longevity of use of hut circle settlements and their relationship with other monument types provides 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 prehistoric field system and settlements on Kerswell Down and Whilborough Common survive well and will contain important archaeological information relating to the use of this area during prehistoric times. Excavations on similar sites in the vicinity have highlighted the importance of this area during the prehistoric period.

History

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Details

The monument, which falls into two areas, includes a prehistoric field system, together with settlements situated on Kerswell Down and Whilborough Common. The field system survives as a series of interconnected banks forming several rectilinear fields. The fields are aligned on two main axes and the boundaries themselves survive as low rubble banks measuring 2m wide and 0.2m high. There are several small clearance cairns within the field system and at NGR SX 86886748 is an 80m diameter circular enclosure. A large number of circular platforms survive within the monument and whilst some may represent the remains of early quarries others are the stances for small prehistoric houses. The concrete bases for benches and made up footpath surfaces are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Quinn, G F, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in A New Survey of the Prehistoric Field System on Kerswell Etc., , Vol. 53, (1995), 131-4
Quinn, G F, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in A New Survey of the Prehistoric Field System on Kerswell Etc., , Vol. 53, (1995), 131-4
Quinn, G F, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in A New Survey of the Prehistoric Field System on Kerswell Etc., , Vol. 53, (1995), 131-4

National Grid Reference: SX 86582 67196, SX 86995 67296

Map

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