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HER Number:MDV4246
Name:Hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford

Summary

One of eight hut circles in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley

Location

Grid Reference:SX 638 640
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/72/4
  • Old SAM County Ref: 809

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Hut circle shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1977, SX66SW8 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV156567.

Hut circle D; one of a group of seven hut circles. A very large hut circle measuring 12.0 meters in diameter with walling of turf-covered stones 3.0 meters wide, 0.9 meters high. The walls are in exceptionally good condition in the northern quadrant; entrance to the south-east. (1950)
A terraced hut circle at SX63816406. Internal diameter measures 9.0 meters with coursed walls 2.5 meters wide, of which eight courses survive on the inner face to a height of 0.9 meters. In very good condition with south-facing entrance. (1977)

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 58, map 54, Figure 54.17 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Hut circle 6 is large, measuring 9.0 meters in diameter and has a south-facing entrance. This circle is particularly well preserved, with up to nine courses of stones remaining (which may represent the full height of the hut).

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Hut circle shown on modern mapping.

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

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Hut circle surveyed.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1, Figure 16 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A large prehistoric hut circle on the moderate west-facing slope of Erme Plains, 200 metres east of the River Erme. One of a group of eight huts forming an unenclosed settlement (MDV4324). The hut was levelled into the slope and had robustly built, strong walls, which survive up to 1 metre high, and are embanked on the exterior. Patches of wall facings survive on the interior and exterior in places, where the exterior survives particularly well. The internal diameter of the hut is approximately 9.6 metres and the entrance opening is on the south side of the arc.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1002607 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

The monument includes an unenclosed stone hut circle settlement situated on the lower western slopes of Quickbeam Hill to the east of the River Erme. The settlement survives as up to eight stone hut circles with a single orthostatic and rubble built wall connecting two of the huts. The stone hut circles are substantially built from coursed stone and orthostats standing up to 0.9m high and vary in size internally from 7m to 9m in diameter. Two of the huts are apparently incomplete, surviving as partial arcs of walling and one of these has an interior dividing wall. Where entrances are visible they are south facing.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV156567Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1977. SX66SW8. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 58, map 54, Figure 54.17.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #123734 ]
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1002607.

Associated Monuments

MDV4324Part of: Hut circle settlement on the western slope of Quickbeam Hill in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV4328Related to: Features to west of hut settlement in the Erme Valley (Monument)
MDV4325Related to: Hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV4326Related to: Hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV4327Related to: Hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV4330Related to: Hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV79059Related to: Hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV19972Related to: Hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV4329Related to: Partial hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 17 2020 11:52AM