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Huccaby Ring

Hob Uid: 442916
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX6585073810
Summary : A Bronze Age enclosure visible as a turf covered stoney bank measuring 3.5m wide and stading to a maximum height of 0.7m. There is no obvious sign of an entrance.
More information : (SX 65857381) Huccaby Ring (NR). (1)

Huccaby Ring is a hill slope enclosure which may be Iron Age. (2-3)

Huccaby Ring (name confirmed) lies in moorland at 330m OD on
a south east slope, It is near circular 53.0m in diameter and
has been severely robbed. The perimeter is defined by an
intermittent bank 3.5m wide and 0.5m high, of turf covered
rubble (see plan).

This may have been the backing for internal facing slabs of
which four survive, three of them prone and displaced. They are
up to 1.7m across and suggest Huccaby Ring was originally a
strong pound like enclosure. There are several gaps none of
which can be identified as the entrance. There is a levelled
area 4.0m across near the centre of the enclosure which may
represent the site of a hut. Otherwise the interior is
featureless save for a small rock outcrop in the south east.

Surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD. (4)

Centred SX 65857381. Huccaby Ring lies in heathland on the gentle SE flank of Huccaby Tor. It consists of a turf covered stoney bank measuring 3.5m wide and a maximum of 0.7m high which encloses a slightly ovoid area 48m N to S by 49m. Much of the bank and interior are overgrown by gorse; there are no identifiable internal features. There is no obvious entrance but the ring is bisected by a modern footpath which has caused some erosion on its upslope, N, side.
Huccaby Ring lies within the Dartmeet parallel reave system (locally SX 67 SE 95) but is not physically linked to any of the reaves. Evidence from past RCHME surveys of similar areas (Shovel Down and Riddon Ridge) suggests that such enclosures are earlier in origin than the Middle Bronze Age reave systems in which they are now situated. (5).

Depicted and described by Butler (1991 Map 28). (6).

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : Discovering regional archaeology : south-western England
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Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : OS 72 104 099-100 25th April 1972
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NJA 12-MAR-80
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Probert SAJ 31-JAN-1996 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Butler J 1991 DARTMOOR ATLAS OF ANTIQUITIES Vol 2 - The North
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Source : Huccaby Newtake, SX 67 SE 21, 166-168, 170, 172, 194-195/ink survey
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Source : Huccaby Newtake, SX 67 SE 21, 166-168, 170, 172, 194-195/overlay
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Source : SX 67 SE/ink survey
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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 : Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 799
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX66NW27
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 67 SE 21
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 67 SE 21
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1980-03-12
End Date : 1980-03-12