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Multi-periodSite Name: Yealm Steps
Country: England County: Devon Type: Ancient Village or Settlement
Nearest Town: Plymouth  Nearest Village: Cornwood
Map Ref: SX62016348
Latitude: 50.454881N  Longitude: 3.945202W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
no data Ambience:
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4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
no data Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
no data Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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Yealm Steps submitted by Anne T : Photograph of the Yealm Steps enclosed settlement submitted on behalf of Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Ancient Village or Settlement in Devon

Featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website, Yealm Steps is described as "A fine example of enclosure and hut circles. Extensive prehistoric settlement area. Two villages contiguous, the larger pound a development of the smaller. Pound walls and those of huts consist of stone and turf. At least 22 huts within the enclosure. To the north and south of the pounds are scatters of isolated huts generally much larger than the enclosed huts. On the south there are remains of fields or paddocks. Rough moorland."

The Pastscape record for this site (Monument no. 442252) adds that the site covers an area of 6 hectares on a south facing slope at 350 metres OD (above sea level). "There are eight huts in the smaller enclosure .... and seventeen in the larger."

The Heritage Gateway for Devon and Dartmoor gives further information for this monument MDV4273, including a contradictory line from a 1985 survey stating there are "at least three elements containing 26 hut circles, six attached." Their 1990 survey notes agree with the two contiguous villages. "Hut circles range 5m to 11.5m diam, walls 2m thick, 1m high. One has sub-chamber. Some have faced walls. Entrances predominantly to south or south east."

This enclosed settlement is also scheduled as Historic England List ID 1015429 (Prehistoric stone hut circle settlement, a contemporary field system, post-medieval buildings and two lengths of leat 310m south east of Yealm Steps).

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Nearby Images from Geograph Britain and Ireland:
SX6263 : Settlements on Stall Moor by Graham Horn
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SX6263 : Hut circle, Stall Moor by Derek Harper
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SX6263 : Settlements on Stall Moor by Graham Horn
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SX6163 : River Yealm valley by Graham Horn
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SX6163 : The Yealm valley by Guy Wareham
by Guy Wareham
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