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HER Number:MDV3368
Name:Possible hut south of an enclosure east of Drizzlecombe

Summary

Cairn or hut circle. Lies immediately south of an agglomerate enclosure and survives as an irregular shaped, 10m by 9m by 0.7m high, spread of rubble surrounding a level internal area measuring 6m long by 3m wide (1993). This monument could not be positively identified from ground evidence alone in 1999 because it had been so badly disturbed. It however shares constructional features visible in adjacent sites - some (to the north) are classified as huts, and others (to the south) as cairns. The footprint of the site tends to suggest that it is more likely to be a single or double hut rather than a heavily disturbed cairn.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 592 672
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE25
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/73
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24104
  • Old SAM Ref: 10723
  • Pastscape: 438571

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 210 (Monograph). SDV231148.

Two huts described here.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56NE25 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV363538.

(27/06/1977) South-west of the enclosure (SX 56 NE 87) is an oval-shaped mass of stones, probably the remains of a Type 2 hut but with an internal diameter of approximately 5.0m. There is a possible entrance on the south-west side. (Typesite: SX 56 NE 71).
The other circle mentioned by Worth is probably the one just outside the enclosure on the south. (See SX 56 NE 87). Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

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

Possibly two hut circles visible on aerial photograph to the south of enclosure.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133428 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(12/03/1993) At SX59276720. Cairn or hut circle. Lies immediately of an agglomerate enclosure, located in the triangle of land between drizzle combe and the river plym. The structure survives as an irregular shaped, 10m by 9m by 0.7m high, spread of rubble surrounding a level internal area measuring 6m long by 3m wide.
Positive identification of this feature is not possible since it could be a hut circle or a partly robbed cairn, and its location midway between a group of cairns and stone hut circle settlement does not help to resolve this dilemma.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Remains of a possibly double hut circle to the south of Drizzlecombe Enclosure (A).

Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S., 1999, Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon (Report - Survey). SDV346268.

(16/08/1999) This monument cannot now be positively identified from ground evidence alone because it has been so badly disturbed. It however shares constructional features visible in adjacent sites - some (to the north) are classified as huts, and others (to the south) as cairns. The footprint of the site tends to suggest that it is more likely to be a single or double hut rather than a heavily disturbed cairn.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

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

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, UP-DZ 23 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 05/02/2020. Overall condition moderate. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, UP-DZ 23 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 020° showing grass/moss and bracken cover.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 210.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133428.
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.
SDV346268Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S.. 1999. Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #112723 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UP-DZ 23.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UP-DZ 23.

Associated Monuments

MDV4033Part of: Enclosure with huts and cairns, Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV3369Related to: Cairns south-west of enclosure east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122549Related to: Hut in centre of enclosure east of Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV122552Related to: Hut on east side of enclosure east of Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV122554Related to: Hut on north side of enclosure east of Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV122556Related to: Hut on the east side of enclosure east of Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV122555Related to: Hut on west side of enclosure east of Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV55244Related to: Hut south of enclosure, Drizzlecombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Feb 13 2020 10:13AM