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HER Number:MDV4325
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 with associated fragments of enclosure in the Erme Valley. Surveyed in 2019, condition good.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 638 641
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/72/1
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Hut A: one of a group of seven hut circles. A good example of a hut circle; the walls consist of large turf-covered stones, with an entrance to the south-east. This circle measures 9.0 meters in diameter, with 3.0 meter wide walls, 0.7 meters high. (1950)
Hut circle (SX63876415), internal diameter measures 7.0 meters, wall 1.6 meters wide and is in poor condition. This circle is terraced and has a south-facing entrance. A length of enclosure walling consisting of a single row of orthostats is joined to the hut. A sub-rectangular yard is located nearby at SX63896415. (1977)

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

Hut circle 1 measures 7.0 meters in diameter and has part of an enclosure joined to its northern section, formed of a single line of embanked slabs. This continues to feature 2, which if a hut circle, has a strange, elongated form.

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

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

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

A large hut circle on the moderate eastern slope of Erme Plains, 270 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 metrehigh, with patches of external wall facings visible in places, and embanked on the exterior. The interior is now rubble-filled, but the internal diameter could be approximately 8.6 metres and the entrance openings is on the south side of the arc.

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

(Visited 10/02/2019) Some patches of reed/grass have accumulated where water pools in the interior of the houses and in the exterior ‘drip gullies’ and moss is growing over the stones of the walls. Overall condition good.

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

Site photographed during condition survey (10/02/2019).

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.
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).
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #118488 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
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)
MDV79060Related to: Fragments of an enclosure in settlement in 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)
MDV4246Related 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 9:26AM