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HER Number:MDV3297
Name:Alleged hut circles near South Common Plantation, Peter Tavy


Identified in the 1950s and described by the Ordnance Survey, these features were not found in 1979 and have been reassessed as unlikely features. 2018 survey recorded no ground evidence for hut circles here.


Grid Reference:SX 557 805
Map Sheet:SX58SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and turf-covered walling remains of a Bronze Age hut circle settlement to the south-east of South Common Plantation, including at least 6 hut circles and a curved fragment of enclosure walling

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 58 SE 18
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/4
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/4/1
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/4/2
  • Pastscape: 440630
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) HUT CIRCLE? (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 13/04/1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995, 4379 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224714.

Royal Air Force, 1949, RAF/540/176, 5112-3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224083.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1958, SX58SE18 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV214736.

Hut Circles
A group of several huts, all the stones of which lie first under a thin layer of turf in an enclosure of rough grazing land between Bagga Tor and Lynch Tor at SX558595. In this large enclosure is a circular plantation of trees, which makes it easily identifiable; the plantation is just to the north-west of the group (citing Sayer, S., 29/12/1957, letter to Ordnance Survey).
Corrected siting to SX558803 (Ordnance Survey, 06/01/1958).
Two hut circles surveyed at SX 55758059 and SX 55748057, both circular and approximately 5.0 metres diameter, the stones barely break the turf. I would suggest the hut at SX 55748057 is a doubtful one (Ordnance Survey, 28/03/1958).

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

Agglomerated enclosure identified from aerial photographs. Two elements. Three hut circles freestanding within the two elements. Four huts hut circles attached to the enclosure walls. Group of three hut circles to the immediate east at SX55778050. Enclosure cut through by leat (MDV27100).

Newman , P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation, 8, Table 3 (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

440630: The site of two alleged hut circles. No ground evidence (included in list of sites previously recorded but not recorded in this survey either because not located, natural features, non-antiquities or duplicates).

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, (1979 data) (Website). SDV360651.

The field has been heavily drained to produce a rich pasture but no trace of the published hut circles could be found. If they exist, and the general situation is favourable, they are now completely concealed. The possible huts noted on the air photograph are circular patches of turf encompassed by rushy drainage channels of natural origin (citing Quinnell, N. V., 16/10/79 Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV214736Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1958. SX58SE18. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV224083Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1949. RAF/540/176. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5112-3.
SDV224714Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 13/04/1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4379.
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.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. (1979 data).
SDV361635Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. 8, Table 3.

Associated Monuments

MDV27100Related to: Fragments of leat near South Common Plantation (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area

Date Last Edited:Jun 24 2019 12:40PM