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HER Number:MDV24770
Name:Settlement south of Snowdon Brook


Fragmentary remains of a bronze age hut circle settlement consisting of several fragments of earthwork enclosures with at least one hut south of Snowdon Brook. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 682 680
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Fragmentary earthworks and walling of Bronze Age enclosures, hut circles and reaves to the south of Snowdon Brook

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/234
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1457, 405-418 (Aerial Photograph). SDV172921.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Fragments of an agglomerated enclosure to the east of a reave. There are three hut circles visible, and a minimum of five elements to the enclosure. The enclosure is in very poor condition, and is very fragmentary, possibly because of medieval industrial activity in the area.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 166, Map 58.4 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Pupers Hill north-east. Remains of settlement on the north-east flank of Pupers Hill may have once been more extensive but now only a few hut circles and sections of disconnected walling remain, mostly due to peat growth (rather than deliberate stone robbing, although some interference has taken place). Surviving structures suggest the enclosures were not very solidly built, mainly a single line of slabs on a low bank too insubstantial to have survived well.
The largest feature of the lower settlement is one end of a rectangular enclosure, its contour boundary no more than a step in the hillside. A bank connects it to a square enclosure on the north-west, reasonably well preserved, containing the outline of a single hut (MDV24783). Nearby are stray banks and half the circumference of a second building just above the track.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360208.

Visible on the lidar data; matches fairly well with Butler's interpretation (the Royal Commission survey data is slightly inaccurate in this area).

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV172921Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1457. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 405-418.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 166, Map 58.4.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV360208Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84826 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV24748Related to: Earthwork bank on north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV24769Related to: Enclosure remains on north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV24783Related to: Hut circle in settlement south of Snowdon Brook (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 5 2017 11:32AM