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HER Number:MDV50386
Name:Hut circle 53, Watern Oke in settlement

Summary

Hut circle terraced into the hillslope. Simple plan and single orthostat type. The interior measures 4.6m in diameter and is defined by a 1.7m wide wall standing up to 1m high. The doorway faces south. The structure is linked to hut (MDV3550) by a length of rubble boundary bank. Given the strong possibility that the other hut is of Roman date, it is possible that this hut was also built or re-occupied during the Romano British period. Excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1905, this work revealed a hearth against the northern wall, a large amount of cooking and rubber stones, pottery and flint.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 565 833
Map Sheet:SX58SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/16/74
  • Old SAM County Ref: 488
  • Old SAM Ref: 20354(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Early Bronze Age to Roman - 2200 BC to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

Anderson, I. K., 1906, 11th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 101-113 (Article in Serial). SDV337055.

One of a group of about 94 at Watern Oke. Hut 53; diameter 4.27m. A fine circle, entrance at south, fireplace at north extending to east. Large amount of cooking stones, pottery and flint found.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX58SE9 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV232751.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 123918 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(1992) SX 5649 8337 Hut circle terraced into the hillslope. Simple plan and single orthostat type. The interior measures 4.6m in diameter and is defined by a 1.7m wide wall standing up to 1m high. The doorway faces south. The structure is linked to hut (subsheet 48 / MDV3550) by a length of rubble boundary bank. Given the strong possibility that the other hut is of Roman date, it is possible that this hut was also built or re-occupied during the Romano British period. Excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1905, this work revealed a hearth against the northern wall, a large amount of cooking and rubber stones, pottery and flint.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015 onwards, 2015 onward Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV362959.

Visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV232751Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX58SE9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 123918.
SDV337055Article in Serial: Anderson, I. K.. 1906. 11th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 38. A5 Hardback. 101-113.
SDV362959Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015 onwards. 2015 onward Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #128895 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3312Part of: Hut circle settlement at Watern Oke (Monument)
MDV3550Related to: Hut circle 57, Watern Oke settlement (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8141 - Condition survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV7368 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy

Date Last Edited:Feb 23 2021 2:59PM