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HER Number:MDV48270
Name:Hut circles west of the Cowsic River

Summary

Two probable hut circles on the west bank of the Cowsic River. The evidence comprises low boulder walls enclosing areas of short grass.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 590 792
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE70
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/122/5
  • Old SAM Ref: 22257
  • Pastscape: 1065421
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 21/4/1992 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Conjoined hut circle. Northern room measures 4.3 metres diameter internally with coursed wall 1.1 metres wide, 0.5 metres high. Southern room measures 6.2 metres diameter with similar wall. On west edge of unenclosed dispersed settlement.


Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey visit. The features are in a stable condition, protected by turf.


Newman , P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

Two probable hut circles on the west bank of the Cowsic River. The evidence comprises low boulder walls enclosing areas of short grass.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Pair of huts depicted on the modern mapping; location matches the 2018 survey data.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 1994 data (Website). SDV360651.

Centred SX 59097928. Two adjoining ovoid areas of short grass, bounded by low boulder walls, are situated on a slight shelf which interrupts a steep east-facing slope above the right bank of the Cowsic River, 250 metres north-east of Conies Down Tor. The south-western most feature measures 6.0 metres (east-west) by 3.2 metres and has a gently sloping interior; there is no obvious entrance. Adjoining it on the north-east is the second feature which measures 4.0 metres (north-east by south-west) by approximately 2.5 metres; its interior slopes steeply. Again there is no obvious entrance but the enclosing wall, a single line of boulders 0.3 metres high, is absent on the north-west and west.
Interpretation of these features is difficult but it seems probable that both are the remnants of hut circles.
Several hut circles (SX 57 NE 103, 104, 105, 108, 109 and 110) and a cairn (SX 57 NE 106) lie within a 200 metres radius on the same slope. (citing Probert, S. A. J., 19/09/1994, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 21/4/1992.
SDV346874Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 1994 data.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV361635Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV48266Part of: Group of hut circles north-east of Conies Down Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:Aug 7 2018 10:46AM