HeritageGateway - Home

Login  |  Register
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.


HER Number:MDV49302
Name:Natural feature to the east of Conies Down Tor

Summary

A hut circle was alleged at this location (one of a pair, the other of which may be an actual hut), but this is now thought to be a natural feature. Site is still scheduled.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 591 791
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE103
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/122/9
  • Old SAM Ref: 22260
  • Pastscape: 1065379
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) 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.

(SX59147915) Hut circle with internal diameter of 3.5 metres. Coursed wall 1.0 metre wide, 0.5 metres high. An ephemeral bank leading east may be part of a field system.


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

Merrivale Range Baseline Survey visit. As described in 1994.


Probert, S. A. J., 2010, A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Merrivale Range, Dartmoor Training Area (Report - Survey). SDV360515.

The site of an alleged hut circle; natural feature.


GetMapping, 2010, GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV351585.

Small hut visible on the aerial photography; one of a pair (see MDV48273).


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.

This is not referred to specifically; Newman only mentions one hut here, so assumed that this feature is not referred to in the report.


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

SX 59157911. A possible hut circle (SMR No SX57NE/122/9) lies on a stony outcrop on the steep east flank of Conies Down, 250 metres east of Conies Down Tor. The feature is marked by a sub-circular stony platform, 3.0 metres in diameter, comprised of loosely packed boulders. This is partially enclosed by a crescent of turf-covered boulders 0.4 metres high on the west which may be part of the outcrop. The east (downslope) side remains open and there is no obvious entrance. Whilst resembling a hut circle it seems more likely that this feature is a natural arrangement of surface stone.
Immediately north-east, and slightly downslope of this platform, is another similar and even less convincing feature (SMR No SX57NE/122/8).
The bank recorded by the Sites and Monuments Record as leading east (thought to be part of a field system) is also a natural feature (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.
SDV351585Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 2010. GetMapping 2010 aerial photographs. Getmapping. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #112636 ]
SDV360515Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2010. A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Merrivale Range, Dartmoor Training Area. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 1994.
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)
MDV48273Related to: Hut circle 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 10:33AM