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HER Number:MDV5880
Name:Hut circle 580 metres north-east of Bellever Tor

Summary

Hut circle in clearing by side of forest track. About 4.9 metres diameter with an entrance in the west side. Part of a settlement to the north of Bellever Tor.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 648 769
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144271
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/33/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 964
  • Old SAM Ref: 28689
  • Pastscape: 442620

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Department of Environment, 07/05/1975, Hut Circles 660 yds (605m) NNE of Bellever Tor (Schedule Document). SDV357138.

21 foot diameter (internally) hut circle. Walls collapsed and partially mossed over - indeed this may be a cairn-circle. In a clearing by the side of a forestry ride.


Royal Air Force, 1951, RAF 540/483, 3046-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV262763.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951, SX67NW39 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV262762.

Hut circle diameter 6.3 metres and average wall height 0.4 metres. Stones are moss and turf covered.


Turner, J. R., 1976, Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Fernworthy and Bellever (Report - non-specific). SDV351823.

Bellever Plantation. Bellever Tor Settlement. Site No. 1C (Spooner and Dixon Site: Lakehead, Bellever, Laughter Site No. 24)
Site visit 1976. Hut circle, 4.9 metres diameter covered in whortleberries and moss. Entrance on west side. Not investigated or planted over.


Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association, 1976, Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party, Appendix (Report - non-specific). SDV248248.

Site recorded.


Turner, J., 1978, Report of Work Carried Out by the Forestry Commission since January 1976 (Report - non-specific). SDV351816.

Trees have been removed from within clearance zone.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Just distinguishable in an area cleared. Part of a field system. Visible on 1951 Royal Air Force aerial photograph.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 144271 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 8th July 1997. Stone hut circle forming part of a prehistoric stone hut circle settlement north of Bellever Tor.
Diameter 5.8 metres. Earthwork wall 1.3 metres wide, 0.25 metres high. Interior very boggy. Clearing containing large number of trees.


Sainsbury, I. S., 1992, Bellever (Report - Survey). SDV268526.

Hut circle 1, diameter 5.8 metres; walls 1.9 metres wide, 0.5 metres high. Entrance to the south. Some very good inner facing stones. Attached to south side of oval compound and rectangular field.


Smith, N., 1992, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas 1992 (Un-published). SDV351819.

Bellever. Site 1C. Site visit March 1992. Hut circle in a clearing near forest track. The present ground cover is moss and turf with trees around the edge. The site is marked by posts. Vegetation mechanically controlled. The site is considered stable although it is boggy around the edges and there is some evidence of recent animal traffic. Suggested that current management regime to control the vegetation be maintained. Photos.


Agricultural Development Advisory Service, 1995, Bellever (Worksheet). SDV262765.

Site visited 14th February 1995. Stable condition.


Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1996, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996 (Un-published). SDV351820.

Bellever Site 1C. Site visit 24th September 1996. Hut circle in clearing on west side of track. Marked by one post, more posts required.


English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Hut circle recorded in this location.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Hut circle visible.


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.


English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

[Part of] a prehistoric settlement with enclosures, an irregular aggregate field system and cairn north of Bellever Tor.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV248248Report - non-specific: Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association. 1976. Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. A4 Bound. Appendix.
SDV262762Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951. SX67NW39. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV262763Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1951. RAF 540/483. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 3046-7.
SDV262765Worksheet: Agricultural Development Advisory Service. 1995. Bellever. Agricultural Development Advisory Sheet. Unknown.
SDV268526Report - Survey: Sainsbury, I. S.. 1992. Bellever. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field Investigation. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 144271.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #96183 ]
SDV351816Report - non-specific: Turner, J.. 1978. Report of Work Carried Out by the Forestry Commission since January 1976. A4 Stapled.
SDV351819Un-published: Smith, N.. 1992. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas 1992. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
SDV351820Un-published: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
SDV351823Report - non-specific: Turner, J. R.. 1976. Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Fernworthy and Bellever. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. Digital.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV357138Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 07/05/1975. Hut Circles 660 yds (605m) NNE of Bellever Tor. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Single Sheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV52774Part of: Bronze Age Settlement to north of Bellever Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6216 - Condition Surveys of Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land
  • EDV7388 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7406 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels

Date Last Edited:Oct 22 2014 10:40AM