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HER Number:MDV26430
Name:Hut circle east of enclosures south of Rider's Rings, South Brent


Hut Circle '2' which may have been located within an enclosure (Butler) south of Rider's Rings. Very faint fragments of a surrounding enclosure have been identified.


Grid Reference:SX 677 640
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Walling remains of a Bronze Age settlement consisting of three enclosures with associated hut circles south of the Rider’s Rings settlement on Zeal Plain, South Brent

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SE9
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/457
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV320981.

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 2279 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 3114-3115 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66SE9 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV145618.

Hut A; has no obvious entrance and measures 7.5 meters in diameter and is in fair condition. (It is not clear which hut is which on the Ordnance Survey plan, but this is presumed to be hut A)

Robinson, R., 1978, Settlement south of Rider's Rings (Worksheet). SDV145620.

This hut circle (2) has a slight hut platform and walls 0.5 meters high and 2.0 meters wide. The walls are mostly overgrown with turf, bilberry and bracken. The internal diameter of the circle is 7.0 meters.
Robinson identifies the partial outline of an enclosure around this hut circle, roughly circular in shape.

National Monuments Record, 1982, NMR SF2112, 1247-1249 (Aerial Photograph). SDV345548.

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

Hut circle north of enclosure SX66SE/77 visible on 1982 National Monuments Record aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 143, Map 57, Figure 57.13 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Hut Circle '2' of 6.8 meters in diameter to the east of the two adjoining enclosures at 'Zeal Hill East' with an entrance to the east along with fragments of a surrounding enclosure.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Hut circle visible on aerial photography of the area. Some evidence of a possible enclosure associated with this hut circle can just be seen, adjoining the enclosures to the south. The remains are very faint however.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Hut circle shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2279.
SDV145618Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66SE9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV145620Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1978. Settlement south of Rider's Rings. South Brent Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3114-3115.
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.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume.
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. 143, Map 57, Figure 57.13.
SDV345548Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1982. NMR SF2112. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1247-1249.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #128123 ]
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV5775Related to: Enclosure within settlement 175 meters south of Rider's Rings, South Brent (Monument)
MDV26431Related to: norther enclosure within prehistoric settlement south of Rider's Rings, South Brent (Monument)
MDV79011Related to: South-eastern enclosure at settlement 190 meters south of Rider's Rings, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 30 2020 12:16PM