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HER Number:MDV54556
Name:Hut circle on Merripit Hill


An oval platform, probably a hut circle, on gently sloping ground on Merripit Hill, with associated fields.


Grid Reference:SX 654 801
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains on Stannon Hill comprising fragments of potentially prehistoric enclosures and field system

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 SE 126
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/117

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

NMR, SX68SE126 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV276490.

Sainsbury, I. S., 1989, Hut circle and fields on Merripit Hill (Report - Survey). SDV320501.

An oval platform on gently sloping ground at 425m, on the SW shoulder of Merripit Hill, in an area of partly improved rough pasture. About 7m diam, turf covered, and levelled into the S slope, and enclosed by wall footings 1m to 1.3m wide and of 0.2m maximum height. It appears as a slight inner facing scarp around the E and S and outer facing scarp, revetted by occasional facing stones around the W. A slab 0.8m long set transversely in the W may indicate the S side of an entrance about 1m wide. The platform, probably a hut circle, is cut by a post medieval field wall and ditch which has destroyed its N side.
Attached to the S wall of the hut are the barely perceptible remains of a field some 30m NE-SW defined on the NE by a slight turf covered lynchet, about 1.5m wide and up to 0.5m high. On the W is a similar curving scarp. Both peter out about 30m S of the hut on the prolongation of a reave suggesting it may have been utilised as the S side of the field. Aligned with this field and 75m to the SW of the hut is a gently curving field wall running from the reave at SX65378007 and extending 90m NNW to SX65348015, where it turns to the NE before becoming lost in the peat. It is seen mainly as a turf covered stony scarp about 1.5m wide and 0.5m high.
Centred at SX65388016 between the NE end of this field wall and the hut platform are the faint remains of the S side of a subcircular enclosure or field. It is visible as a curving line of intermittent turf covered stones and a line of drier, lighter coloured, turf about 1m wide and 0.1m high. This feature is cut by the same post medieval wall as the hut and any continuation to the N is obscured by a heavier cover of peat and rough grass, apart from a few scattered stones.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV276490National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SX68SE126.
SDV320501Report - Survey: Sainsbury, I. S.. 1989. Hut circle and fields on Merripit Hill. RCHME Field Investigation. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV20498Part of: Stannon Hill reave system, Stannon Block System (Monument)
MDV6657Related to: CAIRN in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV119066Related to: Fragments of enclosures or fields on Merripit Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 2 2017 2:31PM