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HER Number:MDV50396
Name:Hut circles 59 and 60, Watern Oke settlement

Summary

Conjoined hut circle terraced into hillslope. The western room measures 6.5m by 4.5m and is defined by a 1.3m wide single orthostat wall standing up to 1.3m high. The doorway faces west-north-west and is defined on its north side by a substantial earthfast boulder.
The eastern room measures 4.2m in diameter and the surrounding coursed wall is 1.4m wide and 1m high. Excavations by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1905 revealed hearths at the east and north sides of the west room along with a pile of cooking stones and a flint. In the east room, a hearth was found against the east wall.

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

  • National Monuments Record: SX58SE9
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/16/84
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/77
  • Old SAM County Ref: 488
  • Old SAM Ref: 20359(P)
  • Pastscape: 440603

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Anderson, I. K., 1906, 11th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 110-111 (Article in Serial). SDV337055.

Two hut circles of a settlement at Watern Oke. Hut 59; diameter 4.58m. Excellently built of large boulders, entrance at west, fireplaces at east and north. A pile of cooking stones and flint found.
Hut 60; measures 4.57m by 2.74m. Rather irregular or oval with longer diameter running east-west. No entrance. Burnt stones at east showing fireplace.

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

Ancient Monuments, 1990, Schedule details (Schedule Document). SDV267793.

(1990) Double stone hut circle forming part of large unenclosed settlement. Two rooms defined by stone and earth walls. Western room measures 6.5m by 4.5m defined by wall 1.3m wide, 1.3m high. Doorway to west-north-west defined on northern side by substantial earthfast boulder.
Eastern room is 4.2m in diameter; wall 1.4m wide, 1m high. Excavations in 1905 revealed hearths at east and north sides of west room, along with pile of cooking stones and a flint artefact. In the eastern room a hearth was located against the eastern wall.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 123899 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(1992) Conjoined hut circle terraced into hillslope. The western room measures 6.5m by 4.5m and is defined by a 1.3m wide single orthostat wall standing up to 1.3m high. The doorway faces west-north-west and is defined on its north side by a substantial earthfast boulder.
The eastern room measures 4.2m in diameter and the surrounding coursed wall is 1.4m wide and 1m high.
Excavations by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1905 revealed hearths at the east and north sides of the west room along with a pile of cooking stones and a flint. In the east room, a hearth was found against the east wall.

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.
SDV267793Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1990. Schedule details. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 123899.
SDV337055Article in Serial: Anderson, I. K.. 1906. 11th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 38. A5 Hardback. 110-111.
SDV362959Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015 onwards. 2015 onward Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #128911 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3312Part of: Hut circle settlement at Watern Oke (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5998 - COOKING STONE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC?)
  • FDV5999 - LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC?)

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 4:09PM