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HER Number:MDV58326
Name:Hut circle in settlement on Shovel Down

Summary

Hut circle forming part of a hut settlement. Diameter 5.5 metres. Double orthostat wall 1.7 metres wide, 0.8 metres high. Internal area 23.74 metres. Doorway faces 162 degrees (south-south-east), is 0.6 metres wide and is flanked on both sides by substantial orthostats. The north-west sector of the hut has collapsed down the steep hillslope. Relationship to the adjacent wall is unclear (1997 survey data).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 652 860
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 NE 53.7
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/88/14
  • 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 143979, (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Visited 1997 (SX 6526 8600 ) Hut circle forming part of a hut settlement. Diameter 5.5 metres. Double orthostat wall 1.7 metres wide, 0.8 metres high. Internal area 23.74 metres. Doorway faces 162 degrees (south-south-east), is 0.6 metres wide and is flanked on both sides by substantial orthostats. The north-west sector of the hut has collapsed down the steep hillslope. Relationship to the adjacent wall is unclear.


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

Depicted by Butler on map (hut 5). The jambs still stand in the poorway of this hut (6.0 metres in diameter). A few stones on an arc of a circle to the south-west of this hut may be the remains of another hut.


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).(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).


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

Vegetation covered remains of this hut 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 143979,.
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: #119060 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6116Part of: Stonetor Brook East settlement, Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV58325Related to: Hut circle in settlement on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV58327Related to: Hut circle in settlement on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV58328Related to: Hut circle in settlement on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV68277Related to: Reave to the south-west of Batworthy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 30 2019 1:58PM