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HER Number:MDV28612
Name:Hut circle on Shovel Down, 690 metres south-west of Batworthy Corner

Summary

One of two hut circles (see also MDV54504) and several field boundaries lie in an area of former peat cutting above the west flank of Shovel Down. Both huts are slightly ovoid and only one posesses a discernible entrance. This hut measures 7.5 metres by 7.0 metres with single wall 1.6 metres wide, 0.5 metres high. Door to south-east, flanked on north-east side with stones (1997 survey data).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 654 857
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 NE 13
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/173
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Pastscape: 443515

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Agricultural Development Advisory Service, ADAS record sheet (Report - Survey). SDV227573.

(Visited 13/2/1995) Stable condition.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX68NE13 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV227572.

(17/7/1974) At SX 6548 8579 is a single-walled hut circle 7.0 metres internal diameter and 0.5 metres high with an entrance to the south-east.
At SX 6549 8574 is a double-walled hut circle 6.0 metres internal diameter and 0.6 metres high with an entrance to the east. Both may have become isolated by stone stripping and only a few rickles of field walls survive in the vicinity.


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

Hut circle located at SX 6549 8574 is shown on the map overlay (having been identified from an aerial photograph during the project), but is not described.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 143964, (-/-/1997) (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(SX 6549 8578) Hut circle forming part of small settlement. Hut measures 7.5 metres by 7.0 metres. Wall 1.6 metres wide, 0.5 metres high. Internal area 52.5 square metres. Single wall. Door to south-east, flanked on north-east side with stones. Building oriented east-west. Short length of rubble walling 1.5 metres wide, 0.4 metres high leads from the north-east side of the door and curves to create an open sided courtyard 6.0 metres by 5.0 metres.


Probert, S. A. J., 1991, Shovel Down Survey (Report - Survey). SDV359365.

(16/8/1991) Centred at SX 6549 8576. Two hut circles (see also MDV54504) and several field boundaries lie in an area of former peat cutting above the west flank of Shovel Down. Both huts are slightly ovoid and only one possesses a discernible entrance.
Two distinct types of field walls are visible in the immediate area of the two huts. The most obvious are the long straight reaves of the Shovel Down reave system. The others are of a more haphazard nature and adjoin the reaves. As with the settlement it seems likely that the latter represent a period of less regulated enclosure pre-dating the reaves expanded to conform with the later system. There is no evidence to indicate which phase the hut circles belong.
See Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments in England survey 'Shovel Down' at 1:2500 scale. A further table of information on the hut circles is held in the archive (Pastscape notation).


Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Hut is visible on the aerial photograph at the location given by the 1991 survey.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV227572Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX68NE13. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV227573Report - Survey: Agricultural Development Advisory Service. ADAS record sheet. Agricultural Development Advisory Service. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 143964, (-/-/1997).
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.
SDV359365Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1991. Shovel Down Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #119026 ]
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV54504Related to: Hut circle on Shovel Down, 720 metres south-west of Batworthy Corner (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 30 2019 8:44AM