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HER Number:MDV13211
Name:Natural feature formerly thought to be prehistoric hut circles, Harford

Summary

Three stony features formerly thought to be a prehistoric hut circles to the west of the Redlake pipeline

Location

Grid Reference:SX 648 626
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/109

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE (Undated)
  • (Former Type) HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX6460, 2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV157244.

Photograph taken on 22nd April 1976.

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1979, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

Site visited on 18th April 1979 and 12th April 1980. Sited on stony ground which falls away steeply from the west side of three barrows. Two hut circles lie just west of the low bank formed by infill covering the Redlake clayworks pipe-line. The ruins of a stone crusher that served the same industry are about 200 metres north-west on the side of the hill three barrows (1) a hut terraced into the hillside; the walls are of small stones, heather covered; interior diameter of 4.0 metres; walls 0.6 metres wide and 0.4 metres high. Possible entrances Hut (2) 11 metres north-west of Hut (1); heather covered walls 0.6 metres wide and 0.6 metres high, with fragments of stone showing only on the east and south-west sides. Possible diameter of other hut is 5.0 metres. Both huts are in very poor condition. There are traces of a field wall on the south side of Hut (1) which curves westward and turns towards Hut (2) thus making a partly enclosed area of about 15 metres diameter.

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

A hut circle is visible and recorded at SX64876270. No other hut circles are visible in this area.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Features shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

Three stony features just west of the Redlake pipeline on the steep western slope of Three Barrows. These have previously recorded as hut circles though this is unlikely and they probably represent disturbance of an area of natural scree. The northern of the three has a rectangular footprint and resembles a recent shelter type structure, though this too is unlikely.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV157244Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX6460. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 2.
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.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #123881 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 24 2020 1:38PM