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HER Number:MDV28582
Name:Hut circle settlement on Henlake Down

Summary

Earthworks of a group of five probable Bronze Age or Iron Age hut circles within a late prehistoric field system on Henlake Down. Three of these hut circles are possibly visible on visualisations derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017. Earthworks of a further five possible hut circles are also visible circa 350m to the northeast.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 630 571
Map Sheet:SX65NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Walling and earthworks of Bronze Age hut circles and cairns, along with cultivation ridges and a medieval or later sub-rectangular enclosure on Henlake Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NW/174
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Griffith, F. M. + Robinson, R., 1986, Hut circles on Henlake Down (Site Visit). SDV143323.

Group of five probable hut circles on the summit of Henlake Down. The diameters of these circles measure between 6.0 – 10.0 meters. Two could possibly be ring cairns. Details and sketch survey on worksheet. Other details: Sketch included.

Environment Agency, 1998-2017, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX6357 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017 (Cartographic). SDV361470.

Earthworks of curvilinear banks and sub-circular pits are visible.

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.

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.

Earthworks of curvilinear banks, circa 3m wide, of at least three possible Bronze Age or Iron Age hut circles, two of which enclose or partly enclose shallow sub-circular hollows, circa 7m diameter, are visible on visualisations derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017. The earthworks are situated within the remains of a late prehistoric field system (MDV126823). Earthworks of a further five possible hut circles are also visible circa 350m to the northeast (MDV126829, MDV126830, MDV126831, MDV126832 & MDV126833).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143323Site Visit: Griffith, F. M. + Robinson, R.. 1986. Hut circles on Henlake Down. Worksheet. Unknown.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV361470Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2017. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SX6357 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017. [Mapped feature: #122715 ]
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV28581Related to: CAIRN in the Parish of Cornwood (Monument)
MDV28583Related to: Earthwork banks on Henlake Down (Monument)
MDV126823Related to: Field system on Henlake Down, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV126829Related to: Hut circle on Henlake Down, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV126830Related to: Hut circle on Henlake Down, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV126831Related to: Hut circle on Henlake Down, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV126832Related to: Hut circle on Henlake Down, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV126833Related to: Hut circle on Henlake Down, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV119777Related to: Possible cultivation ridges on Henlake Down (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:Nov 7 2019 12:06PM