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HER Number:MDV12778
Name:Hut circle settlement, Shaugh Moor


A square-shaped enclosure with several associated hut circles. One of seven enclosure sites on Shaugh Moor, north of Saddlesborough Reave.


Grid Reference:SX 556 634
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 439367
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/169
  • Old SAM County Ref: 428

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 2299 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

Price, D. G., 1973, Ancient fields on Shaugh Moor, 89 (Article in Serial). SDV147593.

A pound and two hut circles outside the pound.

National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX5663, 7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV150833.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56SE91 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV150835.

The enclosure, centred at SX55656344 is broadly as described above, with walling 2.0 meters wide and up to 0.7 meters high. A 2.5 meters gap near the north-east corner could be the original entrance. A Type 1 hut is integrated within the southwest corner. It has an internal diameter of 2.5 meters with rubble walling 0.7 meters wide and 0.3 meters high; the entrance is on the north-east. A probable hut, much ruined and of indeterminate type, is attached externally to the north-west corner. It has an internal diameter of 5.0 meters with a large recumbent slab on the west side; the rest of the perimeter is a bank of turf-covered rubble 1.2 meters wide and 0.4 meters high with a gap on the east side.
There are two huts to the south-west of the enclosure. The nearer is simply a platform, 4.5 meters in diameter, cut into the slope on the south side to a depth of 0.5 meters, and similarly built up on the north. The outer hut is of Type 2, with an internal diameter of 4.7 meters and a turf-covered wall 1.6 meters wide and 0.5 meters high. No entrance could be seen. Other details: Plan.

Smith, K., 1980, Typescript notes and plan of Shaugh Moor (Un-published). SDV138646.

A square enclosure 24.0 meters from east to west and 22.0 meters from north to south on a marked north-facing slope. The interior is cleared of 'clitter' save for a few earth-fast boulders. The wall is substantial but largely covered with undergrowth although some facing stones are apparent. A considerable build-up of soil has occurred within the enclosure against the northern (downhill) wall, producing the effect (as with enclosure) of a lynchet formation in a cultivated field. A single hut is visible in the southwest corner. No enclosure entrance is apparent although the east boundary wall is ruinous.
The ruinous remains of a substantial hut 30.0 meters west of enclosure. It is terraced into the hillside and measures 8.5 meters overall from east to west but no structural details are visible.
There is a very ruinous hut immediately west of enclosure. Few structural details are visible but it is terraced into the hillside and has an internal diameter of 5.0 meters.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 99-101 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Enclosure G; one of seven enclosures with associated hut circles in the area. It is a square enclosure with three associated hut circles and another few lying in close proximity. The enclosure walls remains reasonably intact. Other details: Map 48, 3.

Fletcher, M. + Probert, S., 1998, Shaugh Moor, Devon: An Archaeological Survey (Report - Survey). SDV343481.

Centred at SX55656344. The enclosure is cut into the slope north-facing hillside. The lower bank is formed by a 0.8 meter high scarp with some boulders and stones. The upper wall is a spread, turf-covered boulder and stone bank up to 3.2 meters wide, 0.8 meters high internally and 0.5 meters high externally. The position of the entrance is not clear. Three hut circles associated with this enclosure can be positively identified as well as the sites of three possible huts.
SX55676345. A robbed hut circle located on the north side of the enclosure and cut into the slope. It measures approximately 5.8 meters across with a 0.5 meters high back scarp and 0.4 meters high front scarp. Some large boulders have fallen out of the bank. The entrance is probably in the north-west quadrant.
SX55606343. A well preserved hut circle built into a gentle slope on a north-west facing hillside. It measures 8.7 meters (north-south) by 9.3 meters with a level interior some 4.5 meters in diameter. The substantial stone and boulder wall which has many in-situ facing slabs and boulders is on average 0.7 meters high. The position of the entrance is not clear but it is probably in the north quadrant.
SX55636343. A possible hut stance approximately 4.5 meters across, levelled into a north-west facing slope.
SX55636344. A hut stance approximately 4.1 meters across and levelled into a north-facing slope. The curvilinear back scarp and the pronounced front scarp are each 0.4 meters high. A few boulders mark the site.
Butler (1994) and Ordnance Survey (1980) depict two further huts both part of the enclosure but these are difficult to interpret on the ground.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 99-101.
  • Un-published: Smith, K.. 1980. Typescript notes and plan of Shaugh Moor. Unknown.
  • Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1973. Ancient fields on Shaugh Moor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 105. Unknown. 89.
  • Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX5663. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56SE91. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2299.
  • Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Probert, S.. 1998. Shaugh Moor, Devon: An Archaeological Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #80636 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV12779Related to: Hut circle settlement, Shaugh Moor (Monument)
MDV12952Related to: Hut circle settlement, Shaugh Moor (Monument)
MDV12953Related to: Hut circle settlement, Shaugh Moor (Monument)
MDV2440Related to: Hut circle settlement, Shaugh Moor (Monument)
MDV12951Related to: Hut circle settlements, Shaugh Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4967 - Survey of Shaugh Moor

Date Last Edited:Mar 22 2011 11:00AM