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HER Number:MDV14784
Name:Hut circle on Shaugh Moor, Shaugh Prior

Summary

A hut circle of probable Bronze Age to Iron Age date is recorded within an oval enclosure.
It is one of six excavated prior to destruction by the expansion of Shaugh Lake China Clay Works, given the number Hut Circle 19. The approximate location of the hut circle is identifiable as an earthwork on aerial photographs of 1946.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 565 637
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/37/3

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Early Bronze Age to Early Iron Age - 2200 BC to 301 BC (Between))

Full description

WAINWRIGHT + SMITH, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174025.

Hut circle 4.40m east-west and 4.80m north-south. Given number 19. In phase one the outer face of the wall was of coursed stonework containing a few orthostats. A cobbled terrace led to a narrow entrance through a boulder- lined gap with a threshold stone. Two postholes flanked the doorway internally. An internal drain ran from a soak pit through a well constructed lintelled drain at the base of the wall. Radiocarbon dates from charcoal from floor 930 +- 70 bc and drain 690 +- 70 bc (radiocarbon years). The roof was supported on a post-ring with a central post hole. In phase two the wall was increased in width by a kerb of boulders and tipped stone. The entrance gap was flanked by large boulders and the hollowed entrance was filled with rubble. A porch was possibly constructed and the threshold was paved.18 potsherds from the old land surface of phase one.3 potsherds from the tumble of the house wall and 2 from the interior of the house (wainwright + smith).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174066.

Wainwright, g. J. + smith, k. /pps/46(1980)65-122/the shaugh moor project. Second report.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174067.

Smith, k. /interim report 1981/in parish file.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174068.

Des=timms, s. C. /as above(15/11/1982).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3991.

Stones from this hut were re-erected at ivybridge school in 1980-81 as an educational project. See sx65nw/107 (timms).

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp2 5142-5143 12-JUL-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352279.

A hut circle is visible as an earthwork.

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.

The location of a hut circle of probable Bronze Age to Iron Age date identifiable on aerial photographs of 1946, as an earthwork bank defined oval hollow or platform approximately 5m across.
The site has been destroyed by the expansion of Shaugh Lake China Clay Works.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV174025Migrated Record: WAINWRIGHT + SMITH.
SDV174066Migrated Record:
SDV174067Migrated Record:
SDV174068Migrated Record:
SDV352279Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223 Vp2 5142-5143 12-JUL-1946.
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.
SDV3991Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV2450Part of: Enclosed hut circle settlement at Shaugh Moor (Monument)
MDV19342Related to: Reconstructed Roundhouse at Knowles Hill School, Newton Abbot (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • 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:Dec 11 2019 10:25AM