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HER Number:MDV52775
Name:Field System south of Bellever Tor


Prehistoric field system enclosing a hut circle and small enclosure to the south of Bellever Tor. Nationally Important site.


Grid Reference:SX 640 759
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Walling and earthworks of Bronze Age hut circle within a field system 500 metres south-west of Bellever Tor

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Historical): NI Sites
  • National Monuments Record: 442651
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/177
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/39/1
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW48

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FIELD SYSTEM (Early Bronze Age to Late Medieval - 2200 BC to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951 - 1952, SX67NW48 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346714.

Hut circle.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6475, 1 / 353-362 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346716.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Series of banks which possibly form a large agglomerate enclosure including hut circle. Some of the banks extending out beyond the wall may not be related to those further south. Visible on 1977 aerial photograph.

Probert, S. A. J., 1989, RCHME Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV234023.

Field system partly concealed by thick grass. Covering an area of approximately 4.6 hectares .

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 46 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Dunna Brookhead northern settlement is reduced to a low bank and isolated slabs. Two large fields include a single oval shaped hut with a yard attached to the perimeter wall. Other details: Map 27, Site 12.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Field system south of Bellever Tor was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 112.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Field system and hut circle shown.

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.

One of a group of sites included on a list to be scheduled by English Heritage in the early 2000s. The programme on Dartmoor was ended prematurely and therefore official Scheduled status was never assigned. For the purposes of planning and management these sites are considered to be of equal status to Scheduled sites.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442651 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346715.

Hut circle and field system centred SX 64157584. The hut circle lies on gently sloping south-west facing moorland pasture. The field system covers an area of approximately 4.6 hectares and consists of two major elements; a subdivided rectilinear block containing the hut circle and a `D' shaped enclosure to the south-east. Both are incomplete. The field walls, between 1 metre and 1.5 metres wide remain to a height of 0.4 metres. A rubble core retained by a double row of upright slabs is visible over much of the surviving sections of these walls.
At SX 64157511 an irregular three sided enclosure roughly 3 metres square is formed by two large earthfast blocks linked at one end by a field boundary.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 46.
SDV234023Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #94436 ]
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346714Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951 - 1952. SX67NW48. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346715National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442651. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV346716Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6475. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1 / 353-362.

Associated Monuments

MDV5887Parent of: Hut Circle south of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV52776Related to: ENCLOSURE in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 6 2020 10:28AM