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HER Number:MDV11802
Name:Unenclosed hut circle settlement east of Grimstone Head Weir

Summary

Four very faint hut circles and traces of enclosure walls on the lower western slope of Mistor. Hut floors do not appear to have been levelled and all are heavily covered by turf. Recorded in 1979 as six or seven huts, but 2004 and 2018 survey has mapped only four.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 555 772
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Bronze Age unenclosed hut circle settlement east of Grimstone Head Weir

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NE 46
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/52
  • Pastscape: 439703
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • UNENCLOSED HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

NMR, 1979, SF1510, 427-8, 187-189 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224088.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX57NE46, 23/10/1979 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV235833.

An open settlement of 6 or 7 hut circles centred at SX 55577728, on a gentle west slope above the River Walkham.
All are of Type 1 (SX 56 SE 19) with simple rubble walling, or single blocks supplemented by an outer facing of rubble, generally 1.0 metres wide and 0.3 metres high. Internal diameters range from 2.8 metres to 4.8 metres with entrance gaps on the north west in 3 huts (B, C, & D; see illustration) and on the south west is one hut (A). A possible hut (E) at the north east of the settlement is 5.0 metres in diameter and formed by massive in situ boulders 0.3 metres high, linked by rubble and with a rickle of field wall on the east side.
Very little of a field system is visible, probably as a result of hillwash and only one poorly defined length of walling is visible at the north end of the area, and this consists of single stones and rubble protruding for 0.1 metres to 0.2 metres. Elsewhere the impression is that of slightly levelled areas or plots but these are only visible from the lower west side occupying some 4.0 hectares.
Settlement surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:1000.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on aerial photographs.


Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey, 10/08/2004 (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

Only four huts could be found. All consist of very faint remains, heavily covered by turf. The internal diameters are between 3 metres and 4.1 metres and the floors do not appear to have been levelled. Slight remains of enclosure walls survive to the east of the hut. In an area of short grass.


Newman , P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation, 11/01/2018 (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

Four very faint hut circles and traces of enclosure walls on the lower western slope of Mistor. Hut floors do not appear to have been levelled and all are heavily covered by turf.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Eight hut circles are depicted on the modern mapping. This mapping appears to have been based on the Ordnance Survey 1979 recording of 6 or 7 faint huts. Modern earthwork survey results from 2004 and 2018 indicates that Mastermap likely to be inaccurate in this instance.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224088Aerial Photograph: NMR. 1979. SF1510. 427-8, 187-189.
SDV235833Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX57NE46. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. 23/10/1979.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346874Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown. 10/08/2004.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV361635Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. 11/01/2018. [Mapped feature: #113133 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:Aug 28 2018 11:42AM