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HER Number:MDV2448
Name:Hut within enclosure on Shaugh Moor

Summary

A hut circle probably of Bronze Age date is recorded from field investigation and aerial survey on the north-west facing slopes of Shaugh Moor. It is one of two located within a pentagonal enclosure. The hut circle is identifiable as a C-shaped bank enclosing a circular platform on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards, digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2016 and visualisations derived from low resolution lidar data captured in 2013.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 553 628
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 52
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/35/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 422
  • Pastscape (Yes): 439256

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1190, RAF/106G/UK/1190 RP 3257-3258 27-FEB-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363067.

A circular bank and hollow are visible.

Royal Air Force, 1964, RAF/58/6399, RAF/58/6399 F64 0380-0382 02-JUL-1964 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363068.

A circular bank and hollow are visible.

Price, D. G., 1973, Ancient fields on Shaugh Moor, 91 (Article in Serial). SDV147593.

Two hut circles inside enclosure, external ditch which could be Dark Age.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56SE52 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV138636.

(29/09/1980) On the west slope of Shaugh Moor at 295m. OD is a pound like enclosure of 0.34 hectares containing two hut circles.
The Two Type 2 (SX 56 NE 71) huts have level interiors with diameters of 8.7m. and 6.3m. and walling 1.1m. thick and 0.5m. high. They are much robbed and their entrances are uncertain. Surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD.

Collis, J., 1983, Field Systems and Boundaries on Shaugh Moor and at Wotter, Dartmoor, 58-60 figs 7 9. (Article in Serial). SDV144058.

Disturbed hut circle cut into hill side, demarcated by low banks and odd stones. House U around 6.0 metres in diameter.

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

Depicted and described by Butler.

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

(01/12/1997) SX 5530 6283. A very fine enclosure build on a west-facing slope at 260m above OD incorporated the remains of two hut circles and traces of the reave it overlies.
SX 5530 6283. A hut stance situated within the enclosure measures overall 8.0m (north-south) by 9.0m with a level interior, an 0.5m high back scarp. The surviving turf-covered walling of stones and boulders is 0.4m high. The position of the entrance is not clear.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5562 31-MAY-2016 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

A C-shaped bank and circular platform are visible.

NERC, 2013, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) Tellus: South Devon to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX5562 Tellus DTM 01-JUL-2013 to 31-AUG-2013 (Cartographic). SDV361514.

A C-shaped bank is identifiable.

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.

A bank is visible on aerial photographs of 1946 and 1964 as an earthwork up to circa 10m in diameter under scrub vegetation, enclosing a roughly rectilinear hollow or terrace within a larger enclosure on the west-facing slopes of Shaugh Moor.
The earthworks are more clearly visible on digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2016 as a C-shaped bank up to circa 2.8m wide enclosing the northern half of a circular platform circa 7m in diameter.
The earthworks are interpreted as the remains of a hut circle or hut platform of probable Bronze Age date.
A second probable hut circle is visible as a more substantial earthwork immediately to the north-west.

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.
SDV138636Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56SE52. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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. 58-60 figs 7 9..
SDV147593Article in Serial: Price, D. G.. 1973. Ancient fields on Shaugh Moor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 105. Unknown. 91.
SDV343481Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Probert, S.. 1998. Shaugh Moor, Devon: An Archaeological Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown.
SDV361514Cartographic: NERC. 2013. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) Tellus: South Devon to Dartmoor. Digital. LIDAR SX5562 Tellus DTM 01-JUL-2013 to 31-AUG-2013.
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.
SDV363067Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1190. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1190 RP 3257-3258 27-FEB-1946.
SDV363068Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. RAF/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/6399 F64 0380-0382 02-JUL-1964.
SDV363087Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 1999-2017. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5562 31-MAY-2016. [Mapped feature: #123420 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV2446Part of: Enclosure 500 metres east of Huxton Farm (Monument)
MDV2590Part of: Shaugh Moor parallel reave field system (Monument)
MDV48895Related to: Hut within enclosure on 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 18 2019 11:35AM