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HER Number:MDV56781
Name:Hut Circle north-west of Trowlesworthy Warren House, Shaugh Prior

Summary

One of three or four hut circles of probable prehistoric date identified by field and aerial survey in association with an enclosed settlement on the north-west facing slopes of a spur to the north-west of Trowlesworthy Warren House. The hut circle was identifiable as an earthwork on aerial photographs of 1946, digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2007 and visualisations derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 566 649
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/48/2
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/89/4
  • Old SAM Ref: 24232

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX56SE21, E (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV146590.

Visited 01/06/1950 (SX 5662 6493). Hut circle E, one of a group of eight. Diameter 6.0 metres. Wall is 0.5 metres high and is composed of large stones. No visible entrance.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, Devon County Council RAF/CPE/UK/1890 4290-4291 10-DEC-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

A vegetation covered circular bank is visible.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140613 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Unenclosed hut circle with interior of 5.5 metres diameter and the surrounding 1.4 wide double orthostat wall stands up to 1 metre high. Hut is attached to the outer face of the enclosure wall. A gap in the south-south-west wall may represent a doorway. A grass covered bank, crescent shaped in plan, 4 metres wide and 0.4 metres high is situated at a distance of 4 metres south of this hut and may represent the mutilated remnants of another hut.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 159, Map 51, Figure 151.3 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Small unenclosed hut circle to the south-west of Shadyback Tor Prehistoric Enclosure (B).

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 65, 102 174d (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Poorly preserved oval hut circle at SX56626495 superimposed by a Medieval wall. The inner face has ta;; orthostats and the outer face represented by small stones. No entrance is visible. A crescent-shaped grass covered bank 4 metres wide by 0.4 metres high is situated 4 metres south of the hut. The hut measures 6.2 metres by 4.9 metres internally with banks 0.5 metres high.

Environment Agency, 1998-2017, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX5664 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017 (Cartographic). SDV361470.

A circular bank is visible as a spread earthwork.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5664 03-MAY-2007 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

A circular stone setting is visible.

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

Circle shown on survey data.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Small circular feature visible on aerial photograph.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 439169, SX56SE22 (Website). SDV362732.

Hut circle at SX56626494 surviving as a crude circle of upright stones measuring 4.4 metres in diameter and adjoining the outer edge of the southern enclosure wall.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

A hut circle of probable Bronze Age to Iron Age date is visible on aerial photographs of 1946, digital images derived from aerial photographs of 2007 and visualisations derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017 as a roughly circular bank up to circa 3m wide defining a hollow or platform approximately 5 m across.
Packed stones are identifiable within the bank material on the 2007 imagery, indicating a possible original wall or bank width of up to circa 0.5m, defining an enclosed area circa 4.5m in diameter.
The hut circle is one of up to four recorded in association with the banked enclosure MDV56780, although only three are identifiable on the sources available the survey. The hut circle appears to abut the southern external edge of the enclosure but might be within a southern annexe defined by a curved scarp to the south.
A possible entrance is identifiable facing south into the possible annexe.
The hut circle has been transcribed as part of the enclosed hut settlement MDV56780.

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. 159, Map 51, Figure 151.3.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 65, 102 174d.
SDV146590Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX56SE21. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. E.
SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). Devon County Council RAF/CPE/UK/1890 4290-4291 10-DEC-1946.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140613.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #119185 ]
SDV361470Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2017. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SX5664 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 439169, SX56SE22.
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
SDV363087Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 1999-2017. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5664 03-MAY-2007.

Associated Monuments

MDV56780Part of: Prehistoric hut circle settlement north-west of Trowlesworthy Warren House, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV56783Related to: Hut Circle north-west of Trowlesworthy Warren House, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV14148Related to: Trowlesworthy Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon
  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey
  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Dec 10 2019 10:54AM