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HER Number:MDV58315
Name:Hut in settlement on Shovel Down, east of the Southill Leat

Summary

Hut circle forming part of a hut settlement. Diameter 8.1 metres. Double orthostat wall 1.4 metre wide, 0.8 metres high. Internal area 51.5 metres. Doorway faces 155 degrees, measures 0.9 metres wide and is flanked on both sides by large orthostats. A rubble bank wall surrounds the west and south sides of the hut. The purpose of this wall is unknown (1997 description). This hut lies within the enclosed area of the main settlement and east of the Southill Leat.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 652 858
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 NE 53.16
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/88/3
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Pastscape: 888854

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 143968, 1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Visited 1997 (SX 6526 8580 ) hut circle forming part of a hut settlement. Diameter 8.1 metres. Double orthostat wall 1.4 metre wide, 0.8 metresd high. Internal area 51.5 metres. Doorway faces 155 degrees, measures 0.9 metres wide and is flanked on both sides by large orthostats. A rubble bank wall surrounds the west and south sides of the hut. The purpose of this wall is unknown.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 184-86, Map 37.1 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Depicted by Butler on map (Hut 1). The largest hut in the settlement (8.0 metres), has both door jambs in position (0.8 metres apart) and is approached by a funnel-shaped passageway from the direction of the river but is blocked by a cross wall at its lower end. A single line of stones follows the contour of the hut around the west side as far as the entrance leaving a space about a metre wide outside the hut wall.


Probert, S. A. J., 1991, Shovel Down Survey (Report - Survey). SDV359365.

(16/08/1991) Centred SX 652859. A settlement of 6.5 hectares containing at least nineteen hut circles and traces of two other structures is situated on the moderate west and north-west flanks of Shovel Down. This settlement lies within and appears to be contemporary with a well-developed parallel reave system (SX 68 NW 24).
The vast majority of the huts are ovoid and where discernible, entrances generally lie in the south. Some of the huts are intimately associated with smaller enclosures within the larger reave pattern. Unlike the neighbouring settlements SX 68 NE 13 and 41 there is no evidence to suggest that these huts or their associated enclosures pre-date the construction of the reaves. An additional table of information on the hut circles is held in the archive (see Pastscape notation).
Visited 1997 (SX 6524 8574) hut circle forming part of a hut settlement (MDV6208). Measures 5.3 metres by 4.2 metres. Double orthostat wall 1.2 metres wide, 0.5 metres high. Internal area 22.26 square metres. The doorway faces 172 degrees (south) and is flanked by a slab on the east.


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

Stony remains of hut is fairly clearly visible on the aerial photography.

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. 184-86, Map 37.1.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 143968, 1997.
SDV359365Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1991. Shovel Down Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #119036 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6116Part of: Stonetor Brook East settlement, Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV68283Related to: BOUNDARY in the Parish of Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV58314Related to: Hut in settlement on Shovel Down, east of the Southill Leat (Monument)
MDV58316Related to: Small hut in settlement on Shovel Down, east of the Southill Leat (Monument)
MDV27723Related to: Southill Leat, Lydford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6198 - Geophysical Survey on Shovel Down and Kes Tor

Date Last Edited:Jul 30 2019 2:54PM