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Monument Number 443951

Hob Uid: 443951
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Dartmoor Forest
Grid Ref : SX6482083810
Summary : Seven hut circles, a possible cist, a possible ring cairn and fragments of contemporary walling 200 yards North of Hemstone Rocks.
More information : (SX 648838) Hut Circles (NR). (1)

A cist, three ruined cairns and three hut circles 200 yds north of
Hemstone Rocks. In the cist, of which two side stones remain, a
flint flake was found.

The most westerley cairn is reduced to a 3 ft diameter circle of
small stones, and within it was found a pit containing charcoal
and burnt bones. Charcoal has also been found in the other two
cairns.

A flint scraper and a pot boiler were found in one of the hut circles. (2)

SX 64868385. Ring cairn, disturbed; planted. Diameter 5.7m.,
height, slight. SX 6484 8385. Ring of low cairn, disturbed; planted.
Diameter 5.5m., height 0.5m. Both visited November 1975.At SX 649838
approx, a third cairn. (3)

Hut circles recorded at SX64798381, SX64818382, SX64838378,
SX64838379, SX64848380, SX64878381, and SX64868382. (With slight
adjustment in NGR's this group of hut circles accorded with six of
the seven published hut circles). (4)

Eight hut circles centred approximately SX 64208382 (5).

Centred SX 64818380. A group of seven hut circles, a possible cist, and several fragments of contemporary field system lie in a series of clearings in a coniferous plantation 200m NNE of Hemstone Rocks. All the features have been severely damaged by past forestry activities and the two huts on the E margin of the site are still overplanted. The huts (detailed below) are generally small with internal diameters in the range 3.1m to 5.5m and do not possess obvious entrances. A further hut depicted by Butler (authority 5, Map 35) is situated at SX 64858384 in the NE corner of the site. It is visible as a very disturbed partial stony ring 6.5m in diameter with an undulating raised interior and may represent one of the ring cairns described by the SMR. Its mutilated form precludes a more definite interpretation.
The cairn described by authority 3 lies at SX 64768380 on the extreme W edge of the site. It consists of a crude circle of stones 1.7m in overall diameter with a level interior. There is no trace of a cist nor any mound material. Low stony banks around 1.2m wide and up to 0.6m high link several of the huts but overall form no discernible pattern.

Details of hut circles: all dimensions are in metres, details appear in the order NGR; internal diameter; wall width; wall height; remarks:-

SX 64778379, 5.5, 0.9, 0.5, E wall partially destroyed.
SX 64798381, 5.0, 0.9, 0.5, E wall partially destroyed.
SX 64808377, 3.3, 0.9, 0.4.
SX 64818377, 3.1, 0.9, 0.8, disturbed by forestry - now almost square in shape.
SX 64818378, 3.2, 1.4, 0.5, almost square.
SX 64858380, 3.6, 1.2, 0.4, overplanted.
SX 64848381, 4.5, 0.9, 0.25, incomplete circle of boulders and slabs, overplanted. (6).

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1965
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Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : (S Baring-Gould Ed)
Page(s) : 137
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Vol(s) : 33, 1901
Source Number : 3
Source : Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings
Source details : (L V Grinsell)
Page(s) : 145
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Vol(s) : 36, 1978
Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Anc Mons on Forestry Commission Land Dartmoor 1976 Mss (J Turner)
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : J Butler (1991) Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, vol 2 The North (Devon Books); map 35
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Probert, SAJ, 02-AUG-1995, RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 7
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 24-Jul-98
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Source : SX 68 SW 25-26, 61/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 : Hut Circle, Cist, Ring Cairn, Wall, Unenclosed Hut Circle Settlement
Evidence : Earthwork, Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 960
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX68SW2
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX68SW3
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 28674
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 68 SW 26
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : NORTH OF HEMSTONE ROCKS
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1901-01-01
End Date : 1901-12-31
Associated Activities : RCHME: DARTMOOR ROYAL FOREST PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-04-10
End Date : 1996-07-12