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HER Number:MDV12754
Name:HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest


A hut circle on the SE slope of Hartland Tor, associated with adjacent field system.


Grid Reference:SX 643 798
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/111
  • Old SAM Ref: 34496

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

RAF, F63/58/6399/0026-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV231184.

NMR, SX68SW80 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV231177.

Type 2 hut circle, 9m in diameter internally, with walling 1.4m thick. It has an entrance in the SE side. Associated with the adjacent field system (citing OS).

Fox, A., 1954, Celtic Fields and Farms on Dartmoor in Light of Recent Excavations at Kestor, 87 (Article in Serial). SDV231175.

A hut circle on the SE slope of Hartland Tor. Internal diameter 9m, walling 1.4m thick. Entrance in SE side. Associated with adjacent field system. Three huts on the slopes of Hartland Tor are in association with a field system, partly remade.

Ordnance Survey, 1978, SX67NW92 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV231179.

OS site visit.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1983, Middle Merripit Survey Drawing (Plan - measured). SDV321106.

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

Not visible on RAF 1951 AP.

Sainsbury, I. S., 1989, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV224105.

At SX64377983, cut into the hill slope and levelled up, is the best preserved hut circle (E) in the settlement (see PRN 5959). It is 9m in diam inside a double faced wall 1.6m wide, of large stone slabs laid horizontally, some of which appear to be slightly curved. In the W the coursing reaches a height of 0.7m but is generally about 0.5m high. Some vertical stones of the outer face are the result of dislodging. There is a break of 3m in the NE, due to robbing, and a gap of 1.2m in the SE may denote the entrance.

English Heritage, 2004, Untitled Source (Schedule Document). SDV320500.

Stone hut circle survives as a circular double orthostatic and coursed wall surrounding an area of 8.5m diameter. The wall is 2m wide x up to 0.8m high. The entrance appears to be in the southeast. The hut originally formed part of a coaxial field system on 'Hartland Tor'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224105Site Visit: Sainsbury, I. S.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation.
SDV231175Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1954. Celtic Fields and Farms on Dartmoor in Light of Recent Excavations at Kestor. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 20. Unknown. 87.
SDV231177National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SX68SW80.
SDV231179Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. 1978. SX67NW92.
SDV231184Aerial Photograph: RAF. F63/58/6399/0026-7.
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.
SDV320500Schedule Document: English Heritage. 2004.
SDV321106Plan - measured: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1983. Middle Merripit Survey Drawing. Middle Merripit Survey Drawing. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6801Related to: Hut circles and enclosures east of Hartland Tor (Monument)
MDV5959Related to: SETTLEMENT in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV681 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV682 - OSA=SX67NW92
  • EDV683 - RCHME Field Investigation

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 3:39PM