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HER Number:MDV50714
Name:Hut circle '81' at Watern Oke settlement, Dartmoor Forest


Location requires confirmation. Hut circle '81' of 4 metres diameter woth walls 1.5 metres wide by 0.6 metres high. Excavations in 1905 revealed no traces of habitation


Grid Reference:SX 566 833
Map Sheet:SX58SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/16/85
  • Old SAM Ref: 20360(P)
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX58SE9
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Anderson, I. K., 1906, 11th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 113, Hut 81 (Article in Serial). SDV337055.

Hut '81', external diameter 15 feet (4.57 metres). Before digging this seemed like a hut circle but nothing was found to indicate habitation.

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

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 123900 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(1992) SX 5667 8332 Hut circle terraced into the hillslope. Simple plan and rubble bank walling type. The interior measures 4 metres in diameter and is surrounded by a 1.5 metres wide wall standing up to 0.6 metres high. Excavations by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1905 revealed no traces of habitation within this building.

Dick, A. M., 1993, Hut Circle '81' (Personal Comment). SDV240847.

The MPP description may apply to subsheet 77.

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

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

Hut circle shown at this location on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV232751Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX58SE9. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. SX58SE9.
SDV240847Personal Comment: Dick, A. M.. 1993. Hut Circle '81'.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 123900. [Mapped feature: #31531 ]
SDV337055Article in Serial: Anderson, I. K.. 1906. 11th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 38. A5 Hardback. 113, Hut 81.
SDV362959Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015 onwards. 2015 onward Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3312Part of: Hut circle settlement at Watern Oke, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV3562Related to: Hut circle 82, south of the Watern Oke settlements (Monument)
MDV103669Related to: Possible enclosure at Watern Oke (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range

Date Last Edited:Jan 25 2023 10:19AM