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HER Number:MDV4693
Name:Hut circle 'J' in settlement south-west of Stonetor Hill, Dartmoor Forest


Large hut circle 'J' of 7.0 metres diameter with walls 1.5 metres wide by 0.6 metres high within the settlement to the south-west of Stonetor Hill


Grid Reference:SX 645 852
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 NW 21.11
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/37/10
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68NW21
  • Pastscape: 443727

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995, 1366-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224714.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951, SX68NW21, Hut J (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV266651.

(13/09/1951) SX 6457 8521 Hut J. One of 24 hut circles with enclosures. Remains of large hut circle turf covered has been robbed on south side. Appears to have been double walled.

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

Visible on 1947 aerial photograph.

Probert, S. A. J., 1990, Field Investigation - Report available? (Report - Survey). SDV218442.

(02/05/1990) Centred SX 6454 8520. Thirty six hut circles, some associated with enclosures on the gentle north and north-east facing slopes of Langridge and the dry valley bottom above the head of Stonetor Brook.
This settlement straddles the terminal reave of a large, well preserved parallel reave system (SX 68 NW 24) which extends east towards Shovel Down. Two further, though much smaller, settlements (SX 68 NW 16 and 53) lie to the north outside the reave system.
The largely ovoid huts form three distinctive groups;
B). The largest concentration of huts lies outside, east, of the reave system with two walls apparently joining the terminal reave. The eighteen huts in this group have diameters between 3.0, and 7.7m, with the majority again trending towards the lower value. Often terraced into the gentle north-east slope the huts possess few identifiable features, huts 17, 22 and 24 have traces of entrances while only 11 and 18 have evidence of internal facing.
Another table of information on the site is held in the archive.

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

MPP 143998-143411 MPP 143414-143438 (1997) Hut circles forming part of settlement at Stonetor Brook Head. 41 huts identified, some of which may duplicate subsheets 1-15:
SX 6458 8521 (NMR 21.11) diameter 7m wall 1.5m wide, 0.6m high.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 187-188, Map 37, F (Monograph). SDV219155.

Hut circle '2' of 7.0 metres diameter is one of the larger huts in the 'Stonetor Brookhead settlement'.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Hut circle shown on survey.

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

Hut is visible.

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

Hut circle shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2023, National Heritage List for England, 1017874 (National Heritage List for England). SDV365228.

Within Scheduled area.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV218442Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1990. Field Investigation - Report available?. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 187-188, Map 37, F.
SDV224714Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1366-7.
SDV266651Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951. SX68NW21. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Hut J.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
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.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #128173 ]
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV365228National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2023. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1017874.

Associated Monuments

MDV58338Part of: Hut circle settlement to the south-west of Stonetor Hil, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV4690Related to: Hut circle 'G' in settlement south-west of Stonetor Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV29123Related to: Shovel Down reave system (west), Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8652 - Langridge Newtake, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Jul 5 2023 3:26PM