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HER Number:MDV4017
Name:Enclosed stone hut settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor

Summary

Enclosure to south-west of Gutter Tor containing five ruined hut circles

Location

Grid Reference:SX 575 666
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE57
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/21
  • Old SAM County Ref: 574
  • Old SAM Ref: 10597

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Group of five 'Tumuli (sites of)' shown as crosses on early 20th century map.

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 112SE (Cartographic). SDV337418.

Visited on 14th October 1964 by Ancient Monuments and scheduled. Recorded as a group of four round barrows to south-south-west of Gutter Tor. Low and much robbed.

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

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NE57, SX56NE57, Plan & photograph (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV216495.

Visited on 20th December 1950. Sites are identical to the rest of the group in the vicinity. Small mounds are discernible at all the sites shown by symbol.

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX5766, 1/423 (Aerial Photograph). SDV232536.

Photograph taken on 8th April 1976.

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

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

Two of these four hut circles at SX57576662 are attached to a small circular partitioned enclosure with two elements. The other two are freestanding to the southwest at SX57496656.

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

To the south of Gutter Tor is an important settlement of at least ten well-proportioned hut circles of 4.2 metres to 7.5 metres diameter together with four enclosures but little now remains above ground. The site was effectively quarried to construct the nearby warren boundary. The hut circles are reduced to dish-shaped hollows, some with a raised rim and a gap at the site of south-facing entrances. Enclosure walls where present are barely visible rubble banks. (Map 49 shows the configuration of the enclosures and huts).

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPRM-20 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(08/11/2019) Condition assessed as ?very good by volunteer recorders, although bracken cover all features and requires monitoring.

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

Features photographed during November 2019 visit.

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

Five hut circles shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1012251 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This enclosed hut settlement south-west of Gutter Tor consists of a sub- rectangular enclosure approximately 30 metres by 20 metres on a south-facing slope. The boundary bank is on average 2 metres in width and 0.3 metres in height. Within it there are five hut circles: two attached to the bank and three smaller ones within it. The huts range in diameter from 2.0 metres to 10.5 metres, with walls, built of small stones and earth, from 0.4 metres to 2.0 metres in width and from 0.3 metres to 1.75 metres in height. There are entrances on the southern sides of the huts.

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, Map 49.
SDV216495Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NE57. OSAD Card. Card Index. SX56NE57, Plan & photograph.
SDV232536Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX5766. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1/423.
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).
SDV337418Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 112SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPRM-20.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117689 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012251.

Associated Monuments

MDV130608Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV130609Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV130610Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV130612Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV130613Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV12717Related to: Cairn south-east of the Eylesbarrow Reave on Ringmoor Down, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV5650Related to: Hut circle settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV130636Related to: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV130637Related to: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV130638Related to: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV130639Related to: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV130640Related to: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Gutter 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:May 2 2021 11:23AM