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Circular enclosure 290m north of Great Parford

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: Circular enclosure 290m north of Great Parford

List entry Number: 1021397

Location

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

County: Devon

District: Teignbridge

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Moretonhampstead

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 08-Oct-2007

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

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM

UID: 36026

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. Stone hut circles and hut settlements were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers on Dartmoor. They mostly date from the Bronze Age, with the earliest examples on the Moor in this building tradition dating to about 1700 BC. The stone-based round houses consist of low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; remains of the turf or thatch roof 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 and stone. Although they are common on the Moor, their longevity and their relationship with other monument types 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 circular enclosure 290m north of Great Parford survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental information relating to this area during the prehistoric period. This monument is considered to be a round house platform and as such represents a rare example in an area where stone buildings are more common.

History

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Details

The monument includes a prehistoric circular enclosure situated on a steep south west-facing slope overlooking the valley of an unnamed tributary of the River Teign. The enclosure survives as a 15.2m diameter internal area surrounded by a substantial bank which measures up 7.6m wide and 1.5m high. The enclosure is terraced into the side of the hill and may represent the site of a platform for a circular house.

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, SX78NW70, (1992)

National Grid Reference: SX 72876 88751

Map

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End of official listing