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HER Number:MDV12950
Name:Hut circle south-west of Hawks Tor, Shaugh Prior

Summary

Hut circle on the west side of the field system to the south of Hawks Tor within the Shaugh Moor field system

Location

Grid Reference:SX 551 623
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Bronze age landscapes on Shaugh Moor and Wooter Moor comprising earthworks and walling of enclosures, hut circles, cairns, stone circles and rows, reaves and field systems, and medieval and post medieval field systems

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/165

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1190, RAF/106G/UK/1190 RP 3257-3258 27-FEB-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363067.

A hollow or platform is visible as an earthwork.

Price, D. G., 1973, Ancient fields on Shaugh Moor, 91 (Article in Serial). SDV147593.

A large hut circle, south-west of Hawks Tor, and an associated field with stone boundaries.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56SE86, SX56SE86 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV152537.

Visited on 30th September 1980. At SX55186234 on the south-west slope of 'Shaugh Moor' at 240 metres OD is a sub-circular hut circle of Type 1 in fair condition. The levelled interior, some 11 metres in diameter, is cut 1.2 metres deep on the north-east and built up 1.6 metres on the south-west side; a later pit has been dug into the floor. It has contiguous boulder walling, 0.6 metres high and 0.7 metres wide, which fades in the back slope. The entrance was probably on the south-east.

Collis, J., 1983, Field Systems and Boundaries on Shaugh Moor and at Wotter, Dartmoor, 50, 59, Figures 2 & 4 (Article in Serial). SDV144058.

House 'B' of 9.95 metres diameter, slab and boulder wall up to 1.0 metres high, heavily robbed. On platform cut into hillside. Possibly part of earliest phase of Wotter Moor field system.

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

Not recorded.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 102-5, Map 48, Figure 48.4 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Hut circle of 9.5 metres diameter on the north side of a field boundary at Settlement 'E' to the south-west of Hawks Tor within Shaugh Moor field system.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5562 31-MAY-2016 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

A hollow or platform is visible as a stone faced earthwork.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Hut shown on survey.

Cartographic Engineering, 2006, Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345590.

Visible on aerial photograph.

NERC, 2013, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) Tellus: South Devon to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX5562 Tellus DTM 01-JUL-2013 to 31-AUG-2013 (Cartographic). SDV361514.

A hollow or platform is visible as an earthwork.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, SM3 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 06/06/2019. SX5518 6234. Site description is good, hut circle clearly visible in landscape. Hut circle is very stable with no indication of deterioration. Photos X 2 taken
Note. Moor walkers Letter box sited under north end of boulder on the east side of hut circle.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs, SM3 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Visited 06/06/2019 Photos X 2 taken. Both overall views of the hut one looking east and the other looking south

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

A roughly circular or sub-square hollow or platform is visible under scrub vegetation on aerial photographs of 1946 as an earthwork up to circa 11m across, on the south-west-facing slopes of Shaugh Moor.
The earthwork is more clearly visible on visualisations derived from low resolution lidar data captured in 2013 and digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2016. On the latter, a linear alignment of stone settings is visible along the north-west edge of the hollow.
The earthworks and stone settings are interpreted as the damaged or robbed remains of a hut circle or hut platform of probable Bronze Age date.
The structure was probably associated with a small enclosure or pound immediately to the north-west (MDV48868) and might abut a field boundary, part of a surrounding field system, to the south.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Hut Circle' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 102-5, Map 48, Figure 48.4.
SDV144058Article in Serial: Collis, J.. 1983. Field Systems and Boundaries on Shaugh Moor and at Wotter, Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 41. A5 Paperback. 50, 59, Figures 2 & 4.
SDV147593Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1973. Ancient fields on Shaugh Moor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 105. Unknown. 91.
SDV152537Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56SE86. OSAD Card. Card Index. SX56SE86.
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.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345590Aerial Photograph: Cartographic Engineering. 2006. Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital. [Mapped feature: #129857 ]
SDV361514Cartographic: NERC. 2013. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) Tellus: South Devon to Dartmoor. Digital. LIDAR SX5562 Tellus DTM 01-JUL-2013 to 31-AUG-2013.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. SM3.
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
SDV363067Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1190. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1190 RP 3257-3258 27-FEB-1946.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. SM3.
SDV363087Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 1999-2017. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5562 31-MAY-2016.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV48890Related to: Enclosure 420 metres south-west of Beatland Corner, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV48868Related to: Enclosure south west of Hawks Tor, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV2591Related to: Medieval field system north of Wotter (Monument)
MDV2590Related to: Shaugh Moor parallel reave field system (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4967 - Survey of Shaugh Moor
  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Apr 21 2021 12:46PM