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HER Number:MDV57762
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/48/10
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/89/6
  • Old SAM Ref: 24232

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Visited 01/06/1950 (SX 5662 6496). Hut circle G, one of a group of eight. Diameter 6.0 metres. Remains only.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Hut circle possibly shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Hut circle on the western enlcosure boundary shown on early 20th century map.

Royal Air Force, 1964, RAF/58/6399, RAF/58/6399 F64 0384-0385 02-JUL-1964 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363068.

A vegetation covered circular bank is visible.

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

Site visited on 2nd April 1975. Hut circle at SX56616498 within enclosure. Survives as a bank of earth and stone surrounding a circular internal area. Interior is 5.5 metres in diameter and the surrounding 1.4 metre wide double orthostat wall stands up to 1.0 metre high. Hut is attached to the outer face of the enclosure wall. A gap in the south-south-western wall may represent a doorway. A grass covered bank, crescent shaped in plan 4.0 metres wide and 0.4 metres high, is situated at a distance of 4.0 metres to the 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, 159-160, Map 51, Figure51.3 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Western hut circle in Enclosure (B) to the south-west of Shadyback Tor.

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

Poorly preserved hut circle against the enclosure wall at SX56626497. The hut consists of a low overgrown mound in which a few boulders are visible including some inner and outer facings and orthostats. No entrance is visible. The hut measures 6.1 metres by 5.5 metres internally with banks up to 0.4 metres high.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360209.

Circular feature visible on Lidar data.

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.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 439166, SX56SE21 (Website). SDV362732.

Hut circle 'h' at SX56616498.

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 1964, 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 3m across, abutting the inner side of the western bank enclosing the hut circle settlement MDV56780.
Curved rows of packed stones are identifiable within the bank material on the 2007 imagery, indicating a possible original wall or bank width of up to circa 1m, defining an enclosed area circa 5.5m 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.
A possible entrance is identifiable facing east into the enclosure.
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. 159-160, Map 51, Figure51.3.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 65, 102 174b.
SDV146590Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX56SE21. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. G.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140613.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV360209Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DSM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital.
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. [Mapped feature: #123272 ]
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 439166, SX56SE21.
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.
SDV363068Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. RAF/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/58/6399 F64 0384-0385 02-JUL-1964.
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)
MDV2471Related to: Hut Circle within Enclosure (B) to the south-west of Shadyback Tor, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV56744Related to: Hut Circle within Enclosure (C) south-west of Shadyback Tor in Trowlesworhty Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV56782Related to: Hut Circle within Enclosure 'C' south-west of Shadyback Tor, 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 11:17AM