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HER Number:MDV130766
Name:Possible hut circle within Shavercombe Pound north of Shavercombe Tor, Shaugh Prior


Possible hut circle of 3.5 metres diameter on the northern boundary of Shavercombe Pound to the west of Shavercombe Brook


Grid Reference:SX 593 663
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 97
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/54
  • Old SAM County Ref: 496
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24230(P)
  • Old SAM Ref: 10681
  • Pastscape: 438776

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Enclosure' Shown on 19th century map with no hut circles.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140493 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Enclosure lies within an historic field in Hentor Warren. It is sub circular, 54m by 50m and is defined by a 2m wide and 0.6m high double faced rubble wall. It contains at least two hut circles and these are attached to its western inner face. Both huts are of the simple plan type and survive as banks of stone and earth surrounding a circular internal area.
The interior of the northern hut is 2.5m in diameter and is defined by a 1.2m wide rubble bank wall standing up to 0.6m high.
The southern hut survives as a 2m wide and 0.6m high single orthostat wall surrounding a 3m diameter internal area.
According to Worth this enclosure contains no visible hut circles, whilst Butler records one built against the north wall. No trace of Butler's hut could be seen during this Monument Protection Programme field visit. A 1.5m wide and 0.4m high boundary wall leading east from the enclosure is considered by Butler to be of historic date. It is however of similar construction type to the enclosure wall and although it abuts the enclosure it is probably of Prehistoric origin. 22m from the enclosure, this boundary changes alignment, character and develops a ditch on its southern side. This length of boundary is not Prehistoric in appearance and whilst it may have had a Prehistoric origin it appears to have been refurbished in historic times and possibly adopted for military training. Two pits dug into the bank each contain several barbed wire entanglement stanchions.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 123-4, Map 49, Figure 49.9 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Enclosure 'A' to the west of the Shavercombe Brook is a roughly circular pound defined by a well-preserved wall of large slabs with only one small hut circle of circa 3.5 metres diameter against the northern margin.

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

Enclosure but no hut circles shown on survey.

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

Possible hut circle visible on north side of enclosure.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1019082 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

Within scheduled area.

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. 123-4, Map 49, Figure 49.9.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140493.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #130387 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1019082.

Associated Monuments

MDV3344Part of: Shavercombe Pound north of Shavercombe Tor, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:May 15 2021 10:50AM