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HER Number:MDV14305
Name:Pair of hut circles with bank, Shaugh Moor

Summary

Two possible hut circles linked by a curving bank within field system on Shaugh Moor. Hut measures 5.0 metres in diameter with an 0.5 metre high back scarp and 0.4 metre high front scarp. Some stones protrude through the turf but no large boulders are visible. It is linked by a curvilinear stone/boulder wall (idnentified by Collis as the remains of an enclosure) to a sub-circular stance at SX 5529 6290 which is recorded as a hut platform by Collis and Butler, this is now covered by thick gorse and is difficult to identify.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 552 629
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

  • National Monuments Record: sx56se139
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/73
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE? (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56SE139, Plan (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV149731.

(Visited 01/10/1980) Centred at SX 5522 6290 on the west slope of Shaugh Moor at 251 metres O.D. are the remains of two hut circles linked by a rubble wall. Both huts are little more than platforms 'A', 7.4 metres in diameter, is levelled 0.6 metres into the slope while 'B' is represented by an oval platform 9.8 metres by 12.0 metres levelled 0.4 metres deep into the slope. Their poor condition may be due to robbing for the nearby enclosure (SX 56 SE 52).
Several small stretches of field bank are visible in the area and an almost continuous lynchet, 1.5 metres wide and 0.3 metres high, links the two hut platforms.
The huts fall within the Shaugh Moor parallel reave system (SX 56 SE 78), and may or may not be associated with it. Surveyed at 1:2500 on M.S.D.


Collis, J., 1983, Field Systems and Boundaries on Shaugh Moor and at Wotter, Dartmoor, 57-59, fig 7, 8 (Article in Serial). SDV144058.

Two house platforms (W and X) which apparently were not constructed in stone. Soil was thrown down slope. Linked by two arcs of banks up to 0.3 metres wide and 0.1 - 0.2 metres high forming an enclosure of c.0.06 hectares. Most unusual complex. Part of earliest phase of activity on Shaugh Moor.


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

Not recorded in project.


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

Two hut circles depicted by Butler.


Fletcher, M. + Probert, S., 1998, Shaugh Moor, Devon: An Archaeological Survey (Report - Survey). SDV343481.

(Visited 01/12/1997) SX 5520 6291. A hut stance scooped into a west-facing slope at 253 metres above OD. It is 5.0 metres in diameter with an 0.5 metre high back scarp and 0.4 metre high front scarp. Some stones protrude through the turf but no large boulders are visible.
It is linked by a curvilinear stone/boulder wall to a sub-circular stance at SX 5529 6290 which is recorded as a hut platform by Collis and Butler, this is now covered by thick gorse and is difficult to identify. These features lie within the extensive parallel reave system (SX 56 SE 78).


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, SM13 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 04/08/2019. The site description is good. Large gorse bushes which previously covered the hut platform have been burnt back leaving burnt remains and new fresh growth at bases of gorse. The non-circular boundary pound wall is visible with gorse growing on it at the east end.Light animal grazing.
Site stable. Photo taken


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, SM13 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Visited 04/08/2019. Photo taken looking east north east showing an overall view of the hut platform. Also shows the burnt and regenerating gorse.

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. Map 48.
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. 57-59, fig 7, 8.
SDV149731Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56SE139. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown. Plan.
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.
SDV343481Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Probert, S.. 1998. Shaugh Moor, Devon: An Archaeological Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #121774 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. SM13.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. SM13.

Associated Monuments

MDV2590Part of: Shaugh Moor coaxial field system (Monument)
MDV2590Related to: Shaugh Moor coaxial field system (Monument)
MDV2446Related to: Hut circle enclosure 500 metres east of Huxton Farm (Monument)
MDV2590Part of: Shaugh Moor coaxial field system (Monument)
MDV2590Related to: Shaugh Moor coaxial field system (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4967 - Survey of Shaugh Moor

Date Last Edited:Sep 17 2019 9:39AM