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HER Number:MDV5887
Name:Hut Circle south of Bellever Tor

Summary

Prehistoric hut circle within a field system to the south of Bellever Tor

Location

Grid Reference:SX 641 759
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Walling and earthworks of Bronze Age hut circle within a field system 500 metres south-west of Bellever Tor

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Evidential): NI Site
  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW48
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442654
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/39

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1952/1979, SX67NW48 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346714.

(08/01/1952) Hut circle at SX 6411 7594 composed of turf covered stones. The condition is poor. Diameter approximately 5.0 metres, height approximately 0.3 metres.
(06/12/1979) A Type 1 hut circle (SX 56 SE 19) within a field system of 4.6 ha., on a south-west slope at 375m. O.D. The hut has a level interior 3.3m. in diameter, within rubble walling 1.2m. wide and 0.5m. high; there is a south-east entrance.
The field system is partly concealed by the thick grass (See plan). Where visible the boundaries from 0.7m to 1.0m. wide and from 0.2m. to 0.5m. high, are of rubble with occasional boulders.
Hut surveyed at 1:10 000, hut and field system at 1:2500 for record purposes.

Royal Air Force, 1964, F62/58/6399, 030-31 (Aerial Photograph). SDV272301.

Ordnance Survey, 1972, OS/72/066 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346967.

Changes of vegetation suggest that the remains of several low stony banks or ditches occupy this area. One semi-circular bank may have been associated with the hut circle but others form large enclosures of indeterminate date.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6475, 1/353-62 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346716.

National Monuments Record, 1979, SF1509, 221 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346618.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Hut circle within a possible enclosure, which is part of a field system is visible aerial photograph.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. A. J. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(19/04/1989) Hut circle and field system centred SX 64157584. The hut circle lies on gently sloping SW facing moorland pasture at SX 64117595. It is ovoid with the long axis NW-SE and measures 4.7m by 3.2m internally with walls 1.2m to 1.7m thick surviving to a maximum height of 0.5m. The site has been levelled to height of 0.7m at the S and an entrance 0.7m wide on the SE margin is flanked by two orthostats. The hut circle possesses a well preserved inner facing of upright slabs while the external face is in poor condition.
The field system covers an area of approximately 4.6ha and consists of two major elements; a subdivided rectilinear block containing the hut circle and a `D' shaped enclosure to the SE. Both are incomplete. The field walls, between 1m and 1.5m wide remain to a height of 0.4m. A rubble core retained by a double row of upright slabs is visible over much of the surviving sections of these walls.
At SX 64157511 an irregular three sided enclosure roughly 3m square is formed by two large earthfast blocks linked at one end by a field boundary.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 46 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Dunna Brookhead northern settlement includes a single oval shaped hut 4.5 metres by 3 metres with a yard attached to the perimeter wall. Other details: Map 27, Site 12.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Field system south of Bellever Tor which includes this hut circle was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 112.

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

Circular feature shown slightly to the east of the Ordnance Survey location.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442651 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346715.

Hut circle and field system on gently sloping south-west facing moorland pasture. The hut circle is ovoid with the long axis north-west to south-east and measures 4.7 metres by 3.2 metres internally with walls 1.2 metres to 1.7 metres thick surviving to a maximum height of 0.5 metres. The site has been levelled to height of 0.7 metres at the south and an entrance 0.7 metres wide on the south-east margin is flanked by two orthostats. The hut circle possesses a well preserved inner facing of upright slabs while the external face is in poor condition.

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

'Hut Circle' shown on 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. 46.
SDV272301Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. F62/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 030-31.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #96197 ]
SDV346618Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF1509. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 221.
SDV346714Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1952/1979. SX67NW48. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346715National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442651. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV346716Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6475. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1/353-62.
SDV346967Aerial Photograph: Ordnance Survey. 1972. OS/72/066. Ordnance Survey Aerial Photograph. Unknown.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. A. J. Probert.

Associated Monuments

MDV52775Part of: Field System south of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV52776Related to: ENCLOSURE in the Parish of Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8633 - Dunnabridge Farm, Duchy Farms Survey-Not finished
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Mar 8 2022 4:39PM