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HER Number:MDV5118
Name:Hut circle in settlement near the Langcombe Brook


Two huts north-west of Deadman's Bottom.


Grid Reference:SX 608 668
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/37
  • Old SAM County Ref: 506
  • Old SAM Ref: 28787

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


Vis=est -/-/1996 (gerrard) at sx60766690 two stone hut circles nw of deadmans bottom (mpp).

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Turner records this as a ring setting with paved interior, 3.8m internal diam (turner).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=9/9/1978 (os) both appear to be type 1 hut circles, levelled into a slight sw slope at 390m od. The nw hut has an internal diam of 2.6m with semi-circular annex 2m across on se. The se hut is 3m internal diam with entrance gap on s side. In both cases the walls are 0.6m thick, 0.4m high, with turf covering what is probably piled stones.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV26818.

Not visible on raf 1946/7 photos (rchm app 1985).

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152661.

Hut circles, connected with the kists.(sx66nw-13)no trace of entrances. The south east circle whose diameter was 3.810m was opened. The interior was found to be paved with flat stones. Nothing but earth was found resting on these stones. A little charcoal lay between them in the joints. The pavement when lifted proved to have been laid directly on the subsoil of decomposed granite, which normally is the colour of umber. Under the pavement it is a light brick red. At some time a considerable fire must have been maintained within the circle. The red colour goes deeper in the centre of the circle than elsewhere. These circles do not resemble the so called "sacred circles", however a feature in common is the evidence of fire which is found on excavation. There were no traces of barrows having been raised within the circles. It is suggested that cremations took place within these two circles and that the ashes were transferred to urns subsequently placed in the adjacent kistvaen. Hut circle a. A very fragmentary hut circle. No definite entrance. Hut circle b. This hut circle is composed of only a few stones. No definite entrance (os citing worth) hut circles northwest of deadmans bottom. Two hut circles on either side of two cists; circular and of unusual size, but not apparently connected with any fields. The hut near langcombe brook is subrectangular, possibly medieval (ancient monuments).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152667.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152668.

Worth, r. H. /tda/32(1900)51/19th report of the barrow committee.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152669.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)46 73/d28.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152670.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152671.

Thackray, c. /the upper plym valley:the management of an historic landscape/(1994)300-2/102.1172.

Ordnance Survey, 1907, 135 NE (Cartographic). SDV164582.

There is no properly defined field system in the area, but over some 5ha there are widely spaced and fragmentary rickles of stone, which may represent clearance which never developed into fields or plots (rchme, citing os).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV152661Migrated Record: Ancient Monuments.
SDV152667Migrated Record:
SDV152668Migrated Record:
SDV152669Migrated Record:
SDV152670Migrated Record:
SDV152671Migrated Record:
SDV164582Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1907. 135 NE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV26818Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 5 2015 3:51PM