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HER Number:MDV122263
Name:Features on Hamel Down, Manaton


Three undated enigmatic structures comprising a sub-rectangular stony platform associated with a circular depression, an oval terraced platform and a vague semi-circular area. Badly disturbed, they are consequently difficult to interpret; one could be a battered hut circle with fragments of associated field/enclosure walls; another could be a building. Function unknown.


Grid Reference:SX 696 792
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 NE 109
  • Pastscape: 910130

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE? (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • PLATFORM (Early Bronze Age to Post Medieval - 2200 BC? to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Visible on the aerial photograph data.

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 03/07/1990 (Website). SDV360651.

SX 6966 7920. Three undated enigmatic structures, two sub-circular and one sub-rectangular, situated in enclosed land on a very slight W slope at the foot of Hameldown.
A. SX 6967 7922. A vague semi-circular area c. 3.5 metres across cut into the end of a robbed lynchet (see SX 67 NE 111 field system). Although there is stone clearance including large boulders around, there is slight evidence of internal stone lining to the area.
B. SX 6966 7920. A terraced platform, oval along the contour, 5 - 8.5 metres internal diameter defined by stony scarps averaging 0.6 metres high. It seems to be cut into a north-west to south-east - aligned lynchet of the same field system.
C. SX 6964 7918. A sub-rectangular stony platform 19.5 metres long, 5.5 - 10.6 metres wide and 0.3 - 0.7 metres high, aligned north-west to south-east along the contour. Its relationship to a circular depression 4.5 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres deep, with slight rim, at the wider south end. The west long side is disturbed by stone robbing.
A low lynchet runs east for 20 metres from the north end of C and stops just short of B. Similarly, another leaves B running north for 10 metres before turning east to join A. These transverse lynchets cross the contours.
All features are badly disturbed, robbed and used to dump cleared stone. Consequently they are difficult to interpret. B could be a battered hut circle with the transverse lynchets representing fragments of associated field/enclosure walls which survived or were used in the medieval field system (perhaps as strip-ends). If C is a building, it is likely to be an agricultural structure of medieval or later date. Their true purpose is unknown.
Visible on aerial photographs.
Surveyed at 1:2500. See plan with SX 67 NE 111 (citing Pattison, P., 03/07/1990, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112102 ]
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 03/07/1990.

Associated Monuments

MDV26195Related to: Enclosure on Hamel Down (Monument)
MDV5990Related to: Hut circles on Hamel Down (Monument)
MDV26228Related to: Natural gully on Hamel Down (Monument)
MDV6061Related to: STRIP FIELD in the Parish of Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 26 2018 4:41PM