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HER Number:MDV132214
Name:Hut circles and field boundary near Evil Combe


Two prehistoric hut circles and traces of a contemporary field boundary lie on the spur between Evil Combe and Crane Lake.


Grid Reference:SX 606 680
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of tin streaming and trial pits at Wheal Katherine Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NW163
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1237624
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD BOUNDARY (Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Robertson, J. G., 1991, The Archaeology of the Upper Plym (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV166324.

Depicted and described by Robertson.

Newman, P., 1999, Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine (Report - Survey). SDV352201.

(16/07/1999) Centred SX 60666811. Two prehistoric hut circles and traces of a contemporary field boundary lie on the spur between Evil Combe and Crane Lake.
The huts at SX 60696813 and SX 60666812 are poorly preserved having been robbed to supply stone for a nearby leat bank. The E hut, at SX 60696813, measures 3.1m N to S by 3.7m internally with walls 1.2m wide and 0.5m high containing upright slabs. The interior has been terraced to form a level platform and there is no obvious entrance.
The W hut measures 3.4m N to S by 3.0m ad has also been terraced into the slope. The walls of this hut have been heavily robbed and exist as a stoney rim 0.9m wide and 0.25m high. Again there is no obvious entrance.
A slight irregularity in a nearby leat bank has been interpreted by Robertson (1991) as a third hut though this seems unlikely.
A stoney bank 1.0m wide and up to 0.6m high ascends the SE facing slope to the W of the huts though does not adjoin either of them. Its form suggests that it may be contemporary.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166324Post-Graduate Thesis: Robertson, J. G.. 1991. The Archaeology of the Upper Plym.
SDV352201Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 1999. Eylesbarrow (Ailsborough) Tin Mine. English Heritage Survey Report. A4 Spiral Bound. [Mapped features: #134932 Field boundary, ; #134933 Hut, ; #134934 Hut, ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor. The Eylesbarrow archaeological landscape

Date Last Edited:May 30 2023 11:15AM