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HER Number:MDV57037
Name:Unenclosed hut circle settlement south-west of Routrundle, Walkhampton

Summary

Unenclosed hut circle settlement to the south-west of Routrundle

Location

Grid Reference:SX 552 713
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE54
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/31
  • Old SAM Ref: 28781
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • UNENCLOSED HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Some hut circles visible on aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57SE54, SX57SE54 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV239032.

Visited on 26th June 1980. An open settlement of six hut circles, centred at SX55257135, is situated in pasture on a slight north-west slope at about 280 metres OD with six hut circles.
Three huts appear to be of Type 1 with internal diameters from 5.2 metres to 7.1 metres. Rubble walling, with a few inner facing slabs, is from 0.4 metre to 0.7 metres wide and 0.3 metres high save on the lower north-west where the build up is generally 0.5 metres. Some huts have clearly been partly stripped of stone for the nearby newtake wall and only one, at SX55247134 has a clear orthostatic entrance on the north-west. The Type 2 huts are at SX55217134 and SX55307135. The former and best preserved, has an internal diameter of 5.9 metres and walling 1.1 metres wide with small double facing slabs up to 0.5 metres high. The entrance is uncertain. The other hut, and the largest of the group, has an internal diameter of 9.7 metres, walling 1.6 metres wide and 0.5 metres high. Its entrance gap on the south-west has a 2.0 metres out-turn on one side. There are a very few short rows of stone in the vicinity of the huts which suggest an associated field system but too vestigious for adequate description or demarcation.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 43, Map 45 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Settlement south of Routrundle with six hut circles. Four of the hut circles have typical diameters of 5.5 metres to 8.0 metres but the higher pair are exceptionally large structures of circa 11.0 metres diameter and may have been simple enclosures rather than roofed buildings.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Settlement' with five hut circle shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1019565 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

The monument includes an unenclosed stone hut circle settlement situated on a gentle west facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Walkham. The settlement includes six stone hut circles arranged in an oval around a central area. The stone hut circles survive as banks each surrounding a circular or oval internal area of between 23 square metres and 88 square metres. The heights of the surrounding walls vary between 0.4 metres and 0.85 metres. Five of the huts have visible doorways and two are attached to each other by a short length of rubble walling.

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. 43, Map 45.
SDV239032Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57SE54. OSAD Card. SX57SE54.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #129558 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1019565.

Associated Monuments

MDV3770Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Routrundle, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3771Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Routrundle, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3772Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Routrundle, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV3773Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Routrundle, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV61942Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Routrundle, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV61944Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Routrundle, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV61945Parent of: Hut circle within settlement south-west of Routrundle, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Apr 4 2021 10:28AM