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HER Number:MDV51429
Name:Unenclosed hut circle settlement 770 metres north-north-west of Little Links Tor

Summary

Scattered collection of 12 hut circles recorded and scheduled in 1993. At least four of the structures appears to have had an ancilliary use and one may have been a meeting place. The settlement lies in close proximity to rich tin deposits, and it has been suggested that this may have played an important role in its location. This is a rare example of a stone hut circle settlement with no associated visible field system or enclosures.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 545 877
Map Sheet:SX58NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLands common to the Parishes of Bridestowe and Sourton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIDESTOWE AND SOURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 58 NW 30
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NW/146
  • Old SAM Ref: 22330
  • Pastscape: 964435

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 21/04/1993 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

See individual records for details / measurements.


Ancient Monuments, 1993, Unenclosed hut circle settlement 770 metres north-north-west of Little Links Tor (Report - Survey). SDV249108.

Unenclosed settlement comprising 12 hut circles.


GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345751.

A number of huts are visible on the aerial photograph.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Most of the huts are visible on the aerial photography. Map object based on this source.


Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

The unenclosed stone hut circle settlement 770m NNW of Little Links Tor survives well and is the highest known example within a discrete group of at least four settlements which occupy the lower slopes of the hills overlooking the valley of the River Lyd. Analysis of the hut diameters has suggested that at least four of the huts were used as ancillary buildings, one as a central meeting place and the others as dwellings. The settlement lies in close proximity to rich tin deposits, and it has been suggested that this may have played an important role in its location. This is a rare example of a stone hut circle settlement with no associated visible field system or enclosures.
Details
This monument includes a group of twelve stone hut circles situated on a gentle west-facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Lyd. The hut circles are composed of circular stone and earth banks surrounding an internal area. The internal diameters of the huts varies between 3m and 8m with the average being 4.75m. The height of the surrounding wall varies between 0.4m and 0.7m with the average being 0.5m.


Bray, L. + Crabb, A., 2017, Updated Field Information for HER (Cartographic). SDV246102.

Visited 23/11/17. Eight out of the twelve huts were located and plotted (and matched up with out-of-date HER records). Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV246102Cartographic: Bray, L. + Crabb, A.. 2017. Updated Field Information for HER. GIS ShapeFile. Digital.
SDV249108Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments. 1993. Unenclosed hut circle settlement 770 metres north-north-west of Little Links Tor. Ancient Monuments Laboratory Report. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 21/04/1993.
SDV345751Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV51435Parent of: Hut Circle 685 metres north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51437Parent of: Hut Circle 710 metres north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51506Parent of: Hut Circle 715 metres north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51438Parent of: Hut Circle 720 metres north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51430Parent of: Hut Circle in settlement 690 metres north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51444Parent of: Hut Circle in settlement 690 metres north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51436Parent of: Hut circle in settlement north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51441Parent of: Hut circle in settlement north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51442Parent of: Hut circle in settlement north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51443Parent of: Hut circle in settlement north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51439Parent of: Possible hut circle in settlement north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV51440Parent of: Possible hut circle in settlement north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)
MDV27331Related to: Streamworks on the River Lyd north-east of Great Nodden (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Dec 8 2017 3:27PM