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HER Number:MDV43604
Name:Hut with later annexes in settlement south of Legis Tor, Sheepstor

Summary

A well-built hut circle 8.0 metres in internal diameter with upright slab and boulder walls 2.0 metres wide and 1.1 metres high. A possible entrance lies in the east side. The interior has been partially infilled with clearance stone during a later period. Gerrard 1(1993) records three annexes (on north, east and west) of the hut; the 2018 survey records one on the west side of the hut.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 571 653
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE153
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/536/3
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 22289(P)
  • Old SAM Ref: 10705
  • Pastscape: 438929

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • SHELTER (Constructed, Early Bronze Age to Late Medieval - 2200 BC? to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Hut circle shown on 19th century map.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130846 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(22/02/1993) Stone hut circle forming part of an extensive prehistoric settlement. Terraced into the hillslope and of the annex plan and coursed walling type. The interior measures 9.5m in diameter and is defined by a 2.4m wide wall standing up to 1.4m high. A number of stones set on edge forming distinct lines within the room suggests that there may once have been a partition or that the hut was later re-used as shelter.
Three annexes are attached to the outer face of the hut. The interior of the annex attached to the western wall of the hut measures 4m long by 2.3m wide and is defined by a 1m wide and 0.5m high partly coursed wall. The northern annex measures 6m long by 5m wide and the surrounding wall is 1m wide and 0.3m high. The eastern annex, is the largest of the three and measures 8m long by 6m wide and is surrounded by a 1m wide and 0.4m high, partly coursed rubble wall.
The doorway leading from the hut faces south and is partly blocked with loose rubble. A 2m wide and 0.4m high linear spread of rubble leading downslope from the w edge of the hut probably represents a field boundary, although clitter lines within this area make positive identification difficult.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 111-4, Map 49, Figure 49.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Hut Circle '11' of 8.6 metres diameter is a large free standing hut between Settlements 'A' and 'B' at Legis Tor. A cross wall divides the interior and some of the massive wall slabs have fallen out of position.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360209.

Visible.

Newman, P. + Probert, S., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

(07/02/2005) Centred SX 5715 6528. Three hut circles and an enclosure on the southern flank of Legis Tor above the right bank of the River Plym (see related records).
SX 5713 6530. A well-built hut circle 8.0m in internal diameter with upright slab and boulder walls 2.0m wide and 1.1m high. A possible entrance lies in the east side. The interior has been partially infilled with clearance stone during a later period.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

Newman, P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361636.

Recorded in survey with western annex.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

Hut circle shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1019876 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

Within Scheduled area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 111-4, Map 49, Figure 49.1.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130846.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV360209Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV361636Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1019876.

Associated Monuments

MDV43603Related to: Northern of two small hut circles south of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV50654Related to: Robbed hut in settlement south of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV22775Related to: Small enclosure with huts Legistor Warren, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV50655Related to: Southern of two small hut circles south of Legis Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Jul 25 2021 11:30AM