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HER Number:MDV4354


Settlement and field system; hut circles and field system south of lower piles.


Grid Reference:SX 643 604
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/92
  • Old SAM County Ref: 818
  • Old SAM Ref: 10522

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

HANKIN, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV144143.

Vis=-/4/1977 (hankin) lower piles. Within the newtake known as lower piles. A group of seven huts near the south east corner of the enclosed land. All now composed of fairly small stones the walls appearing as thick banks of stone and turf, not high, but spreading to a width of 1.8m or more. The diameters vary from c 9.20 to c 12.20m outside measurements. Only one hut has a well defined entrance, this is on the south east side of the circle. Details and plan on worksheet (hankin).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV154467.

Settlement and field system; hut circles and field system south of lower piles.

AM, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV154474.

Vis=estimated -/-/1990 (ancient monuments)agglomerated enclosure with 9 bronze age hut circles ranging 7m to 12m diam (am).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV154475.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV154476.

Rowe, s. /perambulation of dartmoor/(1848)170.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV154477.

Crossing, w. /guide to dartmoor/p400.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV154478.

Des=worksheet/plan/parish file.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV154479.

Des=parish checklist/harford.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV154480.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV154481.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV154482.

Des=os 6"(1906)119se.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV154483.

Aph=dap/jt 3,3a/(21/1/1988).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=24/3/1950 (os) hut circles in a poor condition generally (os).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV26818.

Seven hut circles visible, four attached to reaves or walls, within a field system (rchm app 1985).

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Agglomerated enclosure with hut circles, south of Lower Piles. The Dartmoor landscape includes many discrete plots of land enclosed by stone walls or earth and stone banks, which acted as stock pens or protected areas for crop growing. Some of them were subdivided to accommodate hut dwellings for farmers and herdsmen. Many examples date to the Bronze Age (c.2500 to 500 BC), though earlier and later ones also exist. This is an agglomerated enclosure in the south-east corner of Lower Piles newtake, on a fairly steep west-facing slope above the River Erme. The site consists of lengths of walling of Prehistoric date originally forming at least three enclosures, with lynchets in some places, and enclosing nine Bronze Age hut circles. Some of the enclosure walls have been added to at later dates and a double bank of low stones suggests the presence of a droveway along the northern field boundary. The walls are constructed of rubble and earth and are about half a metre high, or slightly more where subsequently refurbished. The hut circles range from 7m to 12m in diameter, with walls up to 2m thick and 0.5m to 1m high. They are mainly turf-covered and four are attached to field walls. Clearance heaps and subdivisions associated with the newtake exist within the site.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV144143Report - Survey: HANKIN.
SDV154467Migrated Record:
SDV154474Report - Survey: AM.
SDV154475Migrated Record:
SDV154476Migrated Record:
SDV154477Migrated Record:
SDV154478Migrated Record:
SDV154479Migrated Record:
SDV154480Aerial Photograph:
SDV154481Aerial Photograph:
SDV154482Migrated Record:
SDV154483Aerial Photograph:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV26818Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. [Mapped feature: #91742 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV27799Related to: Field system at Lower Piles, Yadsworthy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 29 2017 12:27PM