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Monument Number 442880

Hob Uid: 442880
Location :
Widecombe in the Moor
Grid Ref : SX6815074060
Summary : The remains of a despoiled hut circle on the saddle of ground between Yar Tor and Corndon Tor .
More information : SX 68177414 Hut Circle (NR).
SX 68197440 Hut Circle (NR). (1)

Part of an Iron Age settlement, which may have been started
in the Bronze Age, with associated fields. (2)

Fields visible. (3)

On the saddle between Yar Tor and Corndon Tor, between 377m and
400m OD are two hut circles of Type 2 (SX 56 NE 71), both in very
poor condition. They have level interiors with diameters of 5.1m
and 8.0m and remnants of double walling 1.1m thick and 0.3m high.

Entrances were probably in the south east.They fall within part of the extensive parallel reave system (SX 67 SE 94) which has been
locally overlaid by two groups of what appear to be later
prehistoric fields. These are curvilinear, the largest at
SX 68227408 is of oval form (see plan), is almost 3.5ha in area
and incorporates one smaller field and both huts, although it is
uncertain whether these are related to this system or the
earlier reaves. Two other fields at SX 68057409 have a total
area of about 1.2ha. The northern field incorporates part of a
stone row (SX 67 SE 10) which would seem also to pre date the
reaves. While the reave system has low turf covered walls the
curvilinear fields have tumbled boulder walling generally 1.5m
wide and 0.6m high. There has been an attempt at re-use, in
Medieval or later times where, in parts, the boundaries have
been enhanced by the construction of outer ditches and the
upcast piled onto the original banks to a height of 1.1m.

Huts surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD. (4)

Only the hut circle at SX 6817 7414 could be found and comprises a turf covered circular stone bank which stands to approx 0.8m high. Very little stone is visible under dense gorse. Diameter 7m. A section of wall on the east side of hut is missing.(5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source Number : 2
Source : Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society
Source details : (A Fox)
Page(s) : 99, 101
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Vol(s) : 20, 1954
Source Number : 3
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : (RAF CPE/UK/2149 3421 11 June 1947)
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 02-JUN-80
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Source Number : 4a
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : (NMR SF 1133 397 19.10.76)
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Newman, P 14-MAR-2008 EH Archaeological Field Investigation
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Field System, Hut Circle
Evidence : Structure

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 67 SE 9
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 67 SE 9
Start Date : 1980-06-02
End Date : 1980-06-02
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2008-02-04
End Date : 2008-04-30