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HER Number:MDV59176
Name:Hut circle in the Kestor reave system

Summary

Hut measures 8.8 metres in diameter. Double orthostat wall 4 metres wide, 1.2 metres high. One of the most visually impressive huts on the moor. The original wall measures 1.2 metres wide, but has been considerably thickened producing a wall up to 4 metres thick. The door faces roughly south, is 1.4 metres wide and defined on the east-north-east by an edge set stone and on the west-south-west by two orthostats. A gap between them may represent the site of an original edge set stone.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 667 868
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/72/13
  • Old SAM Ref: 28714

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 149123, 1/4/1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Stone hut circle forming part of a prehistoric settlement within the Kestor coaxial field system. Hut measures 8.8 metres in diameter. Double orthostat wall 4 metres wide, 1.2 metres high. Internal area 60.79 metres. This is one of the most visually impressive huts on the moor. The original wall measures 1.2 metres wide, but has been considerably thickened producing a wall up to 4 metres thick. The door faces 164 degrees, is 1.4 metres wide and defined on the east-north-east by an edge set stone and on the west-south-west by two orthostats. A gap between them may represent the site of an original edge set stone.

Probert, S. A. J., 1991, Castor Parallel System (Plan - measured). SDV229808.

Depicted on plan.

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

Centred SX 66718690. A settlement containing seven hut circles and three other features on the north-east slope of Chagford Common 200 metres south of Kestor Gate. The huts are all terraced into the slope and vary in diameter from 4.2 metres to 9.5 metres. The four largest huts, 1-4, consist of double rings of massive upright slabs up to 1.2 metres high. Entrances are visible in the south-east margins of huts 2, 3 and 6.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Depicted on the modern mapping.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, SD-KT 13 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(15/01/2019) Condition of hut assessed by volunteer recorders as good, although some vegetation encrochment (mostly rushes) noted inside the circle, also small amount of gorse on wall. Centre is wet, possibly fed by spring – thus environmental score (1).

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photographs taken during January 2019 visit.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV229808Plan - measured: Probert, S. A. J.. 1991. Castor Parallel System. 1:25,000. Digital.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 149123, 1/4/1997.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96348 ]
SDV359365Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1991. Shovel Down Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. SD-KT 13.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6114Related to: Kes Tor field system (Monument)
MDV6115Related to: Reave system on Chagford Common and around Thornworthy Tor (Monument)
MDV59174Related to: Rectangular structure within the Kestor coaxial field system (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6198 - Geophysical Survey on Shovel Down and Kes Tor

Date Last Edited:Dec 14 2020 11:02AM