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HER Number:MDV3980
Name:Hut circle south-west of Legis Tor, Sheepstor

Summary

A solitary hut associated with field system and settlement south-west of Legis Tor. This feature has been excavated (1895) and partially infilled with clearance stone. It measures 4.6 metres in diameter with walls 1.5 metres wide and 1.0 metre high. Two upright slabs in the south-west side may indicate the site of a former entrance.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 568 654
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE69
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/4/2
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/400
  • Old SAM County Ref: 274
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 22289
  • Old SAM Ref: 10696
  • Pastscape: 438698

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1896, Third Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 184 (Article in Serial). SDV260468.

National Monuments Record, 1976, SX5765, 4/17 (Aerial Photograph). SDV155850.

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

Hut circle on west slope of Legistor Warren visible on the aerial photograph.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130878 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

22/02/1993 Hut circle forming part of an extensive prehistoric settlement. Terraced into the hillslope, and of the simple plan and double orthostat walling type. Interior measures 4.7m in diameter and is defined by a 1.7m wide wall standing up to 0.9m high.
A slit trench, measuring 0.3m wide and 0.15m deep, dug into the centre of the hut probably represents modern military activity and is less likely to be the result of a partial excavation by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee during 1895. This work recovered a flint flake but no other signs of human occupancy. This hut is attached to a rubble wall [AI: 130879].

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 111-4, Map 49, Figure 49.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Hut Circle '1' of 5.0 metres diameter is an isolated building closer to the Legis Lake enclosure to the west of the four 'Legis Tor enclosures'. The vertical walling slabs show above the surrounding surface stone but only a small flint flake was noticed during excavation by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1895-6.

Newman, P. + Probert, S., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

(15/02/2005) One of 13 hut circles within a field system on the lower south and south-west flanks of Legis Tor. All but one of the huts are contained within five irregular, adjoining enclosures to the south of the settlement. The hut circles are largely integral with the enclosure banks though several are free-standing. All the huts have level interiors unless otherwise stated. Few display obvious entrances. All diameters are internal. Described separately; see related records.
The solitary hut associated with the western portion of the field system lies at SX 5686 6542. This feature has been excavated and partially infilled with clearance stone. It measures 4.6m in diameter with walls 1.5m wide and 1.0m high. Two upright slabs in the south-west side may indicate the site of a former entrance.

Newman, P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361636.

Depicted on GIS survey layer.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

Hut circle shown as 'Enclosure' on modern mapping.

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. 111-4, Map 49, Figure 49.1.
SDV155850Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. SX5765. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 4/17.
SDV260468Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1896. Third Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 28. Digital. 184.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130878.
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.
SDV361636Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #123931 ]
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV50631Part of: Enclosure south-west of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3326Related to: Extensive hut circle settlement south-west of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 2 2021 10:49AM