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HER Number:MDV3990
Name:Hut circle south of settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor

Summary

Hut circle south of a Prehistoric settlement south-west of Gutter Tor shown on early 20th century map as 'Tumulus (Site of)'. Surveyed in 1977 and 2005: confirmed identification as hut circle.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 576 667
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE55
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438656
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/11
  • Old SAM County Ref: 567
  • Old SAM Ref: 10591

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) RING CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Tumulus (Site of)' shown on early 20th century map.

Breton, H. H., 1914, Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities, 59 (Monograph). SDV256843.

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX5766, 426-8 (Aerial Photograph). SDV232536.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 166 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(08/06/1974) Remains of a cairn shown only as (Site of) on Ordnance Survey. Diameter 11.0 metres, height 0.3 metres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX56NE55 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV217119.

(03/04/1979) Situated on a slight south slope is a circular feature, 8.0 metres in overall diameter, 0.1 metres high on the north side and 0.4 metres high on the south. The top is level and comprises a platform 4.8 metres across surrounded by a rim 1.5 metres wide and 0.1 metres high. The whole appears to be constructed of very small stones, now grass and heather covered. It is difficult to determine its precise nature since some robbing may have taken place for the nearby newtake wall. It may be a hut but the lack of an entrance suggests the stronger probability is that it is a cairn, perhaps robbed, but with the distinct possibility it is a ring cairn. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

Robinson, R., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV345762.

(03/08/1983) Department of Environment Field Monument Warden visit.

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

Short length of walling and hut circle to the immediate north of the barrow.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 68, a49 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Infilled ring cairn. Internal diameter 7 metres, with bank 1.5 metres wide and 0.3 metres high. Interior infilled to 0.15 metres below bank top.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 117, Figure 49.5, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Feature shown as a hut circle to the south of the Prehistoric Gutter Tor Settlement A. Hut I at 6.5 metres diameter gives the appearance of an excavated cairn with raised rim.

Whitbourn, A., 2001, An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren, 13-19 (Report - Assessment). SDV360381.

Bronze Age site.

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

(11/03/2005) This feature is a hut circle and is now included with the adjacent settlement.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Site of barrow. Round barrow and cist south-west of Gutter Tor. Slight traces of round barrow. Approximate diameter 9.14 metres - 12.19 metre. Central cist 914 millimetres by 457 millimetres.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPRM-22 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(29/01/2020) Condition generally assessed by volunteer recorders as ?very good, although vegetation is noted as an issue and this feature was described as very indistinct due presumably to vegetation cover.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Feature photographed during January 2020 visit.

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. 117, Figure 49.5, Map 49.
SDV217119Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX56NE55. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 68, a49.
SDV232536Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX5766. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 426-8.
SDV256843Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1914. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. 59.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 166.
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.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345762Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV360381Report - Assessment: Whitbourn, A.. 2001. An Archaeological Investigation into features comprising, and associated with, Ditsworthy Warren. A4 Comb Bound. 13-19.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112115 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPRM-22.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3991Related to: Cist south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3976Related to: Settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7551 - Ditsworthy Warren: An archaeological investigation
  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor. The Eylesbarrow archaeological landscape
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Jun 29 2021 10:35AM