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HER Number:MDV58422
Name:Hut circle within Houndtor 2 deserted medieval farmstead

Summary

Hut circle within the medieval farmstead which survives with an internal diameter of approximately 5 - 7 metres. A division has been installed by adding two parallel rows of edge-set slabs across the centre of the circle to form a double-skinned wall. This may be a later addition, dating from the medieval occupation of the site.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 745 791
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX77NW92
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/10/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 28786(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • STOREHOUSE? (Altered, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

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

MPP 140559, 20/5/1995 Hut circle lying within a medieval farmstead 160 metres north-east of Hound Tor.
Diameter 6.5 metres. Double orthostat wall 1.6 metres wide, 1 metre high. Internal area 33.16 metres. The partition wall is 0.4 metres high.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 52; Map 8.2 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Depicted by Butler; hut circle 1. Hound Tor East prehistoric and medieval enclosure. Hut 1 is in good condition and measures 6.9 metres in diameter. It has a straight cross wall dividing the interior. It was probable reused as a pen or storehouse but has not been excavated.


Newman, P. + Probert, S. + Riley, H., 1994, Houndtor Down, Manaton, Devon - A New Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. (Report - Survey). SDV344628.


Newman, P., 2017, An Archaeological Survey of an area affected by burning on Hound Tor Down, Manaton, Devon, 3, G on Fig. 2 (Report - Survey). SDV361522.

One hut circle survives with some slabs of its wall still upright and in situ. The remaining shell has an internal diameter of 5 metres by 6.9 metres. A division has been installed by adding two parallel rows of edge-set slabs across the centre of the circle to form a double-skinned wall. This may be a later addition, dating from the medieval occupation of the site.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape (Website). SDV360651.

The remains of the three huts in the area of Houndtor 2 have all been disturbed. One has been reused, one incorporated into a longhouse while the third has been heavily robbed.
The hut at SX 7450079113 is 6.4 metres in diameter and the most complete having been reused as a store or pen during the medieval period (citing Probert, S. A. J. and Riley, H. M., 6/02/1995 Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, HT3 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 14/07/2019 Entire area totally inundated with bracken at a height of 1.5m which was too dense to even wade through. Impossible to conduct a meaningful survey of this site.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 52; Map 8.2.
SDV344628Report - Survey: Newman, P. + Probert, S. + Riley, H.. 1994. Houndtor Down, Manaton, Devon - A New Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England.. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Spiral Bound.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV361522Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2017. An Archaeological Survey of an area affected by burning on Hound Tor Down, Manaton, Devon. Southwest Landscape Investigations. Digital. 3, G on Fig. 2. [Mapped feature: #112183 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. HT3.

Associated Monuments

MDV122297Related to: Barn in Houndtor 2 settlement, Manaton (Monument)
MDV122313Related to: Building at Hound Tor deserted farmstead (Building)
MDV7423Related to: Deserted Medieval farmstead north-east of Hound Tor (Monument)
MDV58423Related to: Hut south-west of the Houndtor 2 farmstead (Monument)
MDV122306Related to: Longhouse in Houndtor 2 farmstead, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7556 - Survey on Hound Tor Down
  • EDV7557 - Excavation of Houndtor farmstead

Date Last Edited:Jul 29 2019 10:23AM