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HER Number:MDV55470
Name:Unlikely hut Circle in enclosure south of Shavercombe Brook


Hut circle recorded in 1979 adjacent to the southern enclosure wall. 2002 survey has indicated this feature appears to be the remains of debris fallen from the wall; not a hut circle.


Grid Reference:SX 591 664
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/483/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 24230(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) HUT CIRCLE? (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX56NE157 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV143509.

(21/02/1979) On a shelf above a steep river cliff overlooking Shavercombe Brook at 310m. OD is an enclosed hut. The hut, in very poor condition, has a level interior with a diameter of 2.7m and a north-eastern entrance. Its double-faced orthostatic walling, is 0.7m wide and 0.2m high is that of a Type 2 (SX 56 NE 71) hut. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140461, 03/05/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Stone hut circle survives as a 1.2 metre wide and 0.3 metre high rubble bank of earth and stone surrounding a 3.4 metre diameter circular internal area. The hut is attached to the inner face of the southern circuit of the enclosure.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 124, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

(9) Shavercombe Brook Foot. Small hut circle of 3 metres diameter attached to the remaining section of an enclosure 4 metres above the Shavercombe Brook.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(16/01/2002) The hut circle described by the Ordnance Survey in 1979 is a crude semi-circle of rubble seemingly derived from the adjacent breech in the enclosure wall and is not an original feature.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 124, Map 49.
SDV143509Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX56NE157. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140461, 03/05/1995.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #122172 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV28504Part of: Semi-circular enclosure south of Shavercombe Brook (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Oct 8 2019 1:09PM