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HER Number:MDV43228
Name:Hut circle within enclosure on the east side of Tunhill Rocks

Summary

Large hut circle in small oval enclosed settlement at Tunhill Rocks. Excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1896, when Bronze Age pottery and some charcoal was recovered. Double walled hut circle, excavated 1896. Internal diameter 6.7 metres with walls 0.5 metres high internally and 0.3 metres high externally. Narrow gaps in north-west and southern sides. Surveyed in 2015.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 731 757
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/22/1
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/22/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 353
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ralegh Radford, C. A., 1952, Prehistoric Settlements on Dartmoor and the Cornish Moors, 80-81 (Article in Serial). SDV337080.

This kind of pottery may belong to a later place in the Bronze Age sequence than does the Yes Tor pottery.


Fox, A., 1958, Twenty-Fourth Report on the Archaeology and Early History of Devon, 217-218 fig.34 (Article in Serial). SDV341823.

Hut circle 2 and base sherds of this pot, and the worn condition of the sherds figured makes it difficult to be certain of their orientation. It is possible that the pot was taller than was shown, though still barrel shaped. The ware is coarse and badly fired, with numerous stone grits which project on the outer surface. The core is black to brown and the outer surface lighter brown, showing red where the surface has flaked off. The cordon, like the rest of the pot is very irregular, and appears to have been built up rather than applied. The decoration is executed in deep grooves made with a round pointed instrument.


National Monument Record, 1977, SX7375, 4 (Aerial Photograph). SDV308312.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish (Report - Survey). SDV337078.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Vol V, 1051 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.


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

Hut circle visible and recorded.


Fletcher, M. J., 1991, Blackslade Down features (Worksheet). SDV303118.

Double walled hut circle, excavated 1896. Internal diameter 6.7 metres with walls 0.5 metres high internally and 0.3 metres high externally. Narrow gaps in north-west and southern sides.


Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Hut circle shown on modern mapping within 'Enclosed Hut Circles'.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 16-19, figures 14-16 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Large hut circle within enclosure, excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in the late 19th century. Condition is stable with evidence of antiquarian intervention.


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, RT57 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 15/08/2019. This hut is only just visible due to heavy bracken cover. Condition stable. Photo taken


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, RT57 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Visited 15/08/2019. Photo showing the heavy bracken cover with Pil tor in the background. Looking from the south west towards the north east

Sources / Further Reading

SDV303118Worksheet: Fletcher, M. J.. 1991. Blackslade Down features. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV308312Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1977. SX7375. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 4.
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.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. Vol V, 1051.
SDV337080Article in Serial: Ralegh Radford, C. A.. 1952. Prehistoric Settlements on Dartmoor and the Cornish Moors. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 18. Unknown. 80-81.
SDV341823Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1958. Twenty-Fourth Report on the Archaeology and Early History of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 90. A4 Hardback. 217-218 fig.34.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 16-19, figures 14-16. [Mapped feature: #119315 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. RT57.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. RT57.

Associated Monuments

MDV7438Part of: Hut Circle Settlement on the east side of Tunhill Rocks (Monument)
MDV7438Related to: Hut Circle Settlement on the east side of Tunhill Rocks (Monument)
MDV113256Related to: Field east of Tunhill Rocks settlement (Monument)
MDV7438Part of: Hut Circle Settlement on the east side of Tunhill Rocks (Monument)
MDV7438Related to: Hut Circle Settlement on the east side of Tunhill Rocks (Monument)
MDV26975Related to: Parallel reaves around Whittaburrow (Monument)
MDV112768Related to: Stone trough on Tunhill Rocks (Monument)
MDV43229Related to: Structure within enclosure on the east side of Tunhill Rocks (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV3299 - BASE SHERD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 21 2019 5:12PM