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HER Number:MDV58306
Name:Hut circle in settlement on Shovel Down, Gidleigh

Summary

Hut circle in settlement near the summit on Shovel Down; one of at least three huts associated with later prehistoric field system of several linked fields. This is the largest (7.7 metres in diameter) of the huts and is positioned on the south-eastern side of a rectangular field the boundaries of which curve inwards to join it.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 658 859
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/163/2
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 1439545, 1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Hut circle at SX65808589 Diameter 7.5 metres, height 0.7 metres. Wall 1.5 metres wide. Internal area 44.15 metres. Doorway faces 65 degrees, is 0.7 metres wide and is lined both sides by two edge set stones. A 4.0 metre long, 1.3 metre wide and 0.2 metre high internal rubble bank leading north east from the western wall of the hut may represent a partition. This building is butted by adjacent field walls.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 175-6, Map 36.4 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Depicted by Butler in settlement area A on Shovel Down; one of four huts he identifies within an area of four or five small fields, bounded by low banks. This is the largest (7.7 metres in diameter) and best preserved of the four and lies closest to the summit of the down, apparently built before the field walls were constructed as these curve in to meet it. The entrance into this field is still preserved, a pair of slabs set sideways across the downhill wall.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 175-6, Map 36.4.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 1439545, 1997.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112515 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6163Part of: Small settlement on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV58307Related to: Hut circle in settlement on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV58309Related to: Hut circle in settlement on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV58305Related to: Hut circle in settlement on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV58308Related to: Prehistoric field system on Shovel Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6198 - Geophysical Survey on Shovel Down and Kes Tor

Date Last Edited:Jul 24 2018 11:38AM