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HER Number:MDV12799
Name:Two hut circles within settlement on Smeadon Down, Peter Tavy


Two hut circles of 6.8 metres and 6.1 metres diameter within the settlement and field system on Smeadon Down


Grid Reference:SX 525 779
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NW74
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439931
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/89/3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1964, RAF 58/6399, 044-045 (Aerial Photograph). SDV225229.

Photograph taken on 2nd July 1964. Cropmark of a possible hut circle at SX 52587802.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card, 1980, SX57NW74, SX57NW74 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV232172.

Visited on 15th October 1980. At SX 52577799 there is a Type 2 hut circle levelled into a south-west slope and built up on the lower side. It has an internal diameter of 6.8 metres with walling of double blocks, 1.5 metres wide and 0.4 metres high around the lower half, otherwise it is stripped of large stone. a gap of 0.7 metres at the change of slope on the south-east represents the entrance and leads onto a narrow terrace.
Another hut at SX 52457797 appears to be of Type 1. It has an internal diameter of 6.1 metres, with walling of single blocks 0.4 metres. high, and is levelled into a southern slope to a depth of 0.2 metres No entrance can be seen but there is a wide gap in the south-western part of the circumference.
Only very fragmentary elements of field system are evident in the vicinity, which is densely covered with bracken, an extension of the field system to the west.
Huts surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD.

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force verticals.

Ordnance Survey, 2022, Mastermap 2022 (Cartographic). SDV364674.

Western hut circle shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV225229Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. RAF 58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 044-045.
SDV232172Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. 1980. SX57NW74. OSAD Card. Card Index. SX57NW74. [Mapped feature: #4680 ]
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.
SDV364674Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2022. Mastermap 2022. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV56592Part of: Prehistoric settlement on Smeardon Down, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV12798Related to: Enclosure on Smeadon Down, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV133699Related to: Hut circle within enclosure on Smeadon Down, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV28510Related to: Hut circle within settlement on Smeadon Down, Peter Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Dec 8 2022 9:27AM