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HER Number:MDV27268
Name:Hut circle A on Down Ridge


One of five hut circles recorded in a western section of the Dartmeet parallel reave system, south-east of Hexworthy. Hut circle A measures 6.1 by 5.5 metres (diameter), walls are 1.2 metres wide by 0.4 metres high. Entrance is not clear.


Grid Reference:SX 653 723
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Part of the Dartmeet parallel reave system east of Down Ridge. Earthworks and walling remains of a Bronze Age field system adjoining the Venford Reave, with numerous hut circles, enclosures, cairns and a later medieval field system

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SE 121
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/319
  • Pastscape: 443210
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6672/3, 166-170 (Aerial Photograph). SDV270789.

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

Three possible hut circles visible on the 1977 aerial photograph at SX65367233, SX65437235 and SX65457229.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(17/07/1989) Four hut circles and the possible site of a fifth are individually scattered throughout the system (this distribution is comparable to other parts of the Dartmeet Parallel Reave System.
Hut circle A at SX65397235. Levelled into the slope. 0.3 metre high back scarp. Robbed walling - irregularly spaced boulders and upright slabs. Diameter 6.1 by 5.5 metres, walls 1.2 metres wide by 0.3 metres high. Entrance not clear.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV270789Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6672/3. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 166-170.
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.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV123230Related to: Clearance cairn on Down Ridge (Monument)
MDV26351Related to: Hut circle B on Down Ridge (Monument)
MDV54387Related to: Hut circle C on Down Ridge (Monument)
MDV123227Related to: Hut circle D on Down Ridge (Monument)
MDV123228Related to: Hut circle E on Down Ridge (Monument)
MDV27688Related to: Part of the Dartmeet parallel reave system north of Down Ridge (Monument)
MDV6268Related to: Wheal Emma Leat (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8146 - Royal Commission Survey at Down Ridge and Swincombe
  • EDV8632 - Sherberton Farm, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Mar 2 2022 11:28AM