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HER Number:MDV129477
Name:Hut circle within prehistoric settlement north of Tristis Rocks, Harford


Hut circle within prehistoric settlement north of Tristis Rock


Grid Reference:SX 638 602
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of Bronze Age settlement and field system on Burford Down comprising several enclosures and hut circles within field system overlain with later lynchets

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SW58
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/77/1
  • Pastscape: 442348
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 38-9, Map 54, Figure 54.1 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Hut Circle '1' of circa 5.0 metres diameter in the oval enclosure at 'Tristis Rock'.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Hut circle visible on aerial photograph.

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

Hut circle shown on modern mapping.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 442348, SX66SW58 (Website). SDV363416.

Site visited on 28th March 1950. A small enclosure containing one hut circle, and 3 hut circles situated to the north-west of the enclosure. There are remains of other huts in the vicinity but they are in very poor condition.
Field Investigation on 1st August 1977. At SX 63856021 is an oval enclosure, 30 metres north to south by 20 metres traverseley and covering 0.05 hectares with a double-faced orthostatic wall 1.5 metres wide and in poor condition. It contains a circular house platform, 5.0 metres in diameter, of which only fragments of walling remain.
There are three free standing, Type 2 hut circles, average internal diameter 5.6 metres, with walls 1.1 metres wide, and in very poor condition, set into the hillside, some 30 metres north-west of the enclosure. One of the huts has a south facing entrance and is possibly linked by a wall to another hut. There is no evidence of cultivation, but the area is covered by gorse which makes observation difficult.
A second enclosure has been noted by the County Sites and Monument Record at SX63876022. An additional hut circle has been noted at SX63796025.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 38-9, Map 54, Figure 54.1.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #127871 ]
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 442348, SX66SW58.

Associated Monuments

MDV4336Part of: Prehistoric settlement north of Tristis Rocks, Harford (Monument)
MDV27908Related to: Field banks on Burford Down, Harford (Monument)
MDV4258Related to: Tristis Rock cairn circle and cist on Burford Down, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 18 2020 1:55PM