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HER Number:MDV14786
Name:Hut circle on Shaugh Moor, Shaugh Prior


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 67. The location of the hut circle is identifiable as an earthwork on aerial photographs of 1946.


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/37/5

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

The largest most extensively rebuilt hut numbered 67. Phase one represents a hut 6.30m -6.80m internal diameter. The external face was neatly coursed with squared blocks. The inner face was revetted by liners with a core of rubble. A hollow way ran around the hut with a stone wall built on the outer edge. A circle of seven post holes ran internally with one in the centre. A dished floor of beaten earth had a group of stake holes and a stone covered drain produced charcoal which was dated to 1270 +- 80 bc (radiocarbon years). In phase two the wall was thickened by a casing of large stones together with a toe of rounded boulders. The hollow-way was rubble-filled as was the entrance. Some potsherds and charcoal was recovered giving a radiocarbon date of 1370 +- 80 bc (radiocarbon years). The postholes were retained in this phase.66 potsherds from 12 vessels were recovered mostly from around the successive entrances.2 whetstones, 2 rubbers, 5 pebbles, 2 anvils, 5 saddle querns, 2 discs, 1 slickstone and flints, were also recovered (wainwright + smith).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174042.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174043.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174044.

Balaam, n. + smith, k. + wainwright, g. /pps/48(1982)228-236.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV174045.

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

Balaam, N. D. et al, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV260479.

Quantity of sherds outside the entrance of this hut confirm it as a focus for domestic activities. The cobbeled forecourt also suggest it was one of the more frequented structures (balaam et al).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV3991.

Stones from this hut were re-erected at tavistock school in 1980-81 as an educational project. See sx47se/95 (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.
SDV174042Migrated Record:
SDV174043Migrated Record:
SDV174044Migrated Record:
SDV174045Migrated Record:
SDV260479Migrated Record: Balaam, N. D. et al.
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

MDV19326Parent of: Re-erected Hut Circle, Tavistock School (Monument)
MDV2450Part of: Enclosed hut circle settlement at Shaugh Moor (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