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HER Number:MDV50659
Name:Hut within enclosure south-west of Legis Tor

Summary

Hut circle measures 6.7m in diameter (interior) with wall 2.5m wide (up to 1.0m high). Excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1895 which revealed a half paved floor, 6 flint flakes and a cooking pit. An entrance, possibly created on the whim of the excavator lies in the south side.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 569 652
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 69
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/4/7
  • Old SAM Ref: 22289
  • Pastscape: 438698

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1896, Third Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 184-9 (Article in Serial). SDV260468.

Griffiths, W. E., 1951, Early settlement in Caernarvonshire, 60-6 (Article in Serial). SDV224028.

Fox, A., 1951, Early Settlement on Dartmoor and in North Wales, 167-8 (Article in Serial). SDV255788.

Ralegh Radford, C. A., 1952, Prehistoric Settlements on Dartmoor and the Cornish Moors, 78 (Article in Serial). SDV337080.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130823 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(22/02/1993) Hut circle terraced into the hillslope, and of the simple plan and rubble bank walling type]. Interior measures 7m in diameter and is defined by a 2.5m wide wall standing up to 0.9m high. The doorway faces south and is faced with slabs on both sides. A 0.8m square pit in the centre of the hut is probably the result of relatively recent interference. This hut was excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1895 and this work revealed a half paved floor, 6 flint flakes and a cooking pit. Sherds of a round bottomed bowl were recovered from the cooking pit and these have been identified by Ralegh Radford as being similar to Neolithic sherds found at Hembury and Hazard Hill. Griffiths and Fox, however consider that a Bronze Age date for this material is possible and earthwork evidence to support the early date is provided by the position of this hut relative to the field bank leading from 130822.

Newman, P., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

(15/02/2005) One of 13 hut circles within a field system on the lower south and south-west flanks of Legis Tor. All but one of the huts are contained within five irregular, adjoining enclosures to the south of the settlement. The hut circles are largely integral with the enclosure banks though several are free-standing. All the huts have level interiors unless otherwise stated. Few display obvious entrances. All diameters are internal. Described separately; see related records.
SX 5697 6521. Another excavated hut 6.7m in diameter with walls 2.5m wide and 1.0m high. An entrance, possibly created on the whim of the excavator lies in the south side.

Probert, S. A. J., 2010, A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Ringmoor, Dartmoor Training Area (Report - Survey). SDV360517.

Newman , P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361636.

Depicted on the GIS 2018 Survey layers.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224028Article in Serial: Griffiths, W. E.. 1951. Early settlement in Caernarvonshire. Archaeologia Cambrensis. 101. 60-6.
SDV255788Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1951. Early Settlement on Dartmoor and in North Wales. Archaeologia Cambrensis. 101. Unknown. 167-8.
SDV260468Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1896. Third Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 28. Digital. 184-9.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130823.
SDV337080Article in Serial: Ralegh Radford, C. A.. 1952. Prehistoric Settlements on Dartmoor and the Cornish Moors. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 18. Unknown. 78.
SDV360517Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2010. A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Ringmoor, Dartmoor Training Area. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #123902 ]
SDV361636Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV3326Part of: Enclosed hut settlement south-west of Legis Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Feb 11 2020 11:26AM