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HER Number:MDV4295
Name:Hut circle in prehistoric enclosure 200 meters north-west of Dry Lake, Harford


One of two hut circles built into perimeter wall of prehistoric enclosure north-west of Dry Lake, Harford Moor.


Grid Reference:SX 639 636
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Group of Bronze Age hut circle settlements west of Quickbeam Hill, adjacent to the River Erme, consisting of three sets of enclosures, two conjoined, with over ten associated hut circles

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/48/1
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Hankin, C. F., 1977, Enclosed hut circle settlement north of Drylake (Worksheet). SDV165677.

Hut circle (1) in the north-west corner of the enclosure constructed from small stones to a height of 0.6 meters. There are no features of particular interest.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66SW12 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV165675.

Hut circle measuring 7.0 meters in diameter in fair condition.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 53-54, Map 54, Figure 54.14 (Monograph). SDV337765.

This hut circle (2) measures 6.5 meters in diameter and has been built across the perimeter of the enclosure and has a south-facing entrance into the enclosure. The uphill wall of this circle has been partly demolished and replaced by a construction across the centre of the hut, which is likely to represent a tinner’s temporary dwelling, due to the close proximity of the pit and ditch alongside this enclosure.

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

Hit 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.

Rather disturbed hut circle shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1, Figure 5 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

One of two hut circles built into the northern arc of an enclosure (MDV4294) on the moderate eastern slope of the River Erme to the north of Dry Lake. The hut, which is incomplete, having been subject to later alterations, comprises a circular, turf-covered stony bank. The interior diameter could have been up to 7.3 metres. A small, probably rectangular structure of 2.7 metres by 2 metres was later imposed on the hut within its south-west arc, when the bank may have been heightened to over 1 metre.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165675Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66SW12. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card.
SDV165677Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977. Enclosed hut circle settlement north of Drylake. Harford Parish Checklist. 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. 53-54, Map 54, Figure 54.14.
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: #123854 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV4294Part of: Prehistoric Settlement 200 metres north-west of Dry Lake, Harford (Monument)
MDV79062Related to: Hut circle in enclosure 200 meters north-west of Dry Lake, Harford (Monument)
MDV122912Related to: Small tin openwork on Harford Moor, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 24 2020 11:11AM