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HER Number:MDV127378
Name:Hut circle and annexe on east side of the prehistoric settlement north of Piles Corner, Harford

Summary

Hut circle on east side of the prehistoric settlement north of Piles Corner with a small annexe to the south. This is one of four hut circles associated with this settlement

Location

Grid Reference:SX 648 624
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/16
  • Old SAM County Ref: 814
  • Old SAM Ref: 10529

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Eastern enclosure and 'Hut Circles' shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, OSA SX66SW47, SX66SW47 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV165928.

Enclosure and four hut circles in the Erme Valley in poor condition.

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1979, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

Site visited on 29th April 1977. Enclosure and hut circles about 230 metres north-east of Piles Corner. The area is thickly covered with scattered stones and the enclosure is barely distinguishable. Only the south wall of the enclosure remains, with just the ridge of the east and west walls showing. There is no indication of the walls ever having been as high as the width now seen, would not support a protective wall. Four or possibly five hut circles.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Four hut circles within a poorly defined field system. Huts in poor condition. Majority of fields rectangular with some irregular. Two enclosures are visible, one at SX64856240, the other at SX64786239. The westernmost enclosure contains one hut circle, the easternmost two or three hut circles. All hut circles are attached to walls.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 46-47, Map 54, Figure 54.7 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Piles Corner North prehistoric settlement consists of three overgrown enclosures consisting of low turf-covered bank 1.5 metres wide by 0.3 metres high. Six hut circles are associated with the settlement with two attached to the northern enclosure and four attached to the eastern enclosure. Hut circle '3' is 7.2 metres in diameter with an interior wall and a small circular annexe '4' to the south.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1, MDV4253 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

An enclosed prehistoric hut settlement, comprising three enclosures and five hut circles on the moderate slope, 530 metres west of Three Barrows. The layout comprises a discrete single enclosure of 0.28 hectares with three hut circles attached to the wall interior. The larger hut of the eastern enclosure has remnants of an inner wall with an internal diameter averaging 8 metres. The western exterior of the hut is banked to over 1 metre high. A smaller, very ruinous hut with an internal diameter of approximately 3.3 metres is attached to the southern side of this hut.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Hut circle shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1013106 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

This enclosure, on a steep west-facing slope overlooking the River Erme, is approximately 45 metres wide and 65 metres long, with a drystone wall 0.3 metres high and up to 2 metres thick and a probable entrance at the south-east. There are two hut circles joined to the inside of the east wall, one 5 metres in diameter with walls up to 2 metres thick and 0.3 metres high, the other 10 metres in diameter with walls up to 3 metres thick and 0.7 metres high. Immediately outside the enclosure wall on the west side there are two hut circles built on a slight terrace. They are 5 metres and 10 metres diameter with walls up to 3 metres thick and 0.3 metres to 0.5 metres high. The site is covered by dense bracken up to waist height.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 442315, SX66Sw47 (Website). SDV363416.

The site comprises four hut circles situated within a poorly defined field system. The huts are on a west facing slope. All the huts are Type 1 and in poor condition with levelled interiors and southern entrances. The internal diameters vary from 4.0 metres to 8.0 metres with walling averaging 2.2 metres wide and 0.4 metres high. Some of the fields are irregular while the majority appear to be rectangular but thick bracken covers the area which prevents the full extent being ascertained. The field walling is similar to type 1 hut walling. It is approximately 1.0 metre wide and 0.3 metres high and covers an area of 0.5 hectares hectares each.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV165928Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. OSA SX66SW47. SX66SW47. SX66SW47.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 46-47, Map 54, Figure 54.7.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #123894 ]
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1013106.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 442315, SX66Sw47.

Associated Monuments

MDV4253Part of: Three adjoining enclosures forming a prehistoric settlement north of Piles Corner, Harford (Monument)
MDV127381Related to: Hut circle at the junction of two enclosure at the prehistoric settlement north of Piles Corner, Harford (Monument)
MDV127382Related to: Hut circle between two enclosures at the prehistoric settlement north of Piles Corner, Harford (Monument)
MDV127380Related to: Hut circle on east side of the prehistoric settlement north of Piles Corner, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 24 2020 4:21PM