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HER Number:MDV5303
Name:Hut circle settlement on Hickaton Hill


Group of at least two small hut circles, a circular enclosure and fragments of enclosure walls lying to the north of the Avon Dam Reservoir.


Grid Reference:SX 674 655
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDEAN PRIOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/85

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66NE53 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV173657.

Hut circles between 'Abbot's Way' and Avon Dam Reservoir (SX67446558). A free-standing type 1 hut circle, with internal diameter of 3.0 metres, walls 0.8 metres wide and in very poor condition, and a detached, sub rectangular yard, 7.3 metres by 8.0 metres, walls 1.0 metres wide and in very poor condition, lie on a moderate, well drained, south facing, slope amongst clitter, at 365 metres above Ordnance Datum. Discovered during field investigation.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 154, Map 57.20 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Hickaton Hill South (Map 57.20). Appear to be unconnected with the much larger settlements uphill or to the east. These huts are smaller and more slightly built, with traces of enclosure walls merging into the natural surface stone. They could be outbuildings to the other settlements, but Butler believes them to be a settlement in their own right, possibly of an earlier date. Bracken covers the site in summer but one group of buildings is easy to spot. There is a pair of small huts (3.0 and 3.8 metres in diameter) on either side of a roughly circular structure about 9.0 metres across. The latter is merely a ring of set stones too small to have carried a roof. At least two other huts can be found to north and west.

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

Two small huts and possible enclosure between them visible on the aerial photography. Part of the walls visible to the north-east.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Two circles depicted on the modern mapping (shown over-large).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV173657Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66NE53. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 154, Map 57.20.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #94534 ]
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV24949Related to: Avon Dam Reservoir (Monument)
MDV5233Related to: Enclosed hut circle settlement south-east of Brockhill Ford (Monument)
MDV5232Related to: Hut circle north of the Avon Reservoir (Monument)
MDV5227Related to: Hut circle settlement 250 metres west of Brockhill Ford (Monument)
MDV14799Related to: Hut circle settlement on Dean Moor (Monument)
MDV5304Related to: Possible settlement south of Hickaton Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 6 2015 11:28AM