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HER Number:MDV47620
Name:HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT in the Parish of Peter Tavy

Summary

Vis=-/2/1992 (gerrard). Many of the huts forming the unenclosed settlements are linked by stone boundary walls. These form around 12 irregular fields/enclosures to which most of the huts are attached. In most cases the boundaries abut the huts. The irregular plan is probably the result of a cluster of huts being linked at a later date. Boundary walls in n part of settlement survive as crude lines of boulders c 1.1m wide, 0.5m high, or as stony lunchets c 0.5m high with incorporated boulders. Boundaries in s part include double-faced boulder walling with stone infill. May represent a complicated system of stock pens, though some fields may have been cultivated.(mpp).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 539 769
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/57/24
  • Old SAM Ref: 20389

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Unknown, MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA (Migrated Record). SDV331.

Vis=-/2/1992 (gerrard). Many of the huts forming the unenclosed settlements are linked by stone boundary walls. These form around 12 irregular fields/enclosures to which most of the huts are attached. In most cases the boundaries abut the huts. The irregular plan is probably the result of a cluster of huts being linked at a later date. Boundary walls in n part of settlement survive as crude lines of boulders c 1.1m wide, 0.5m high, or as stony lunchets c 0.5m high with incorporated boulders. Boundaries in s part include double-faced boulder walling with stone infill. May represent a complicated system of stock pens, though some fields may have been cultivated.(mpp).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230661.

Des=mpp.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Remains of enclosures and field walls visible on aerial photograph. Map object based on this source.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Remains of enclosures depicted on modern mapping. Map object based on this source.


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

Unenclosed stone hut circle settlement, associated fields and a length of the Great Western Reave 500m south of Wedlake Farm. This monument includes twenty-one stone hut circles, a short length of the Great Western Reave, one medieval or post-medieval shelter and at least twelve fields situated on a gentle north-west-facing slope overlooking the valley of the Colly Brook. Together these form a large part of the unenclosed stone hut circle settlement on the north-western slopes of Roos Tor. Nineteen of the stone hut circles are attached to boundary walls. Eighteen of the huts are circular in plan and the internal diameters of these huts vary from 2m to 6.3m, with the average being 2.98m. Three huts are oval in plan and these measure between 4.9m and 2m long by 4.2 and 1.7m wide. The height of all the hut walls varies between 0.25m and 0.7m and the average is 0.39m. Seven huts have visible doorways and two are attached to each other. The field system associated with the settlement includes around twelve irregular fields. In most cases the boundaries abut the huts, suggesting that the fields were added at some date after the settlement was established. The Great Western Reave has a total length of 10 kilometres and is the longest known Prehistoric land division boundary on Dartmoor. Within the area of the scheduling it runs downslope in a north-westerly direction and upslope to the south-east. It is composed of loose rubble, measures 3.5m wide and stands up to 0.8m high. The field boundaries associated with the settlement appear to abut the reave and are therefore more recent. All the stone hut circles lie to one side of the reave and this indicates that the reave was respected as a land division boundary during the life of this settlement. The rectangular medieval or post-medieval shelter is attached to the eastern face of the Great Western Reave. The interior of the building measures 4m long by 2.3m wide and is defined by a 1.6m wide boulder wall standing up to 0.4m high. Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV230661Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV4111Related to: Great Western Reave, Roos Tor Section (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Aug 23 2016 9:58AM