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HER Number:MDV5970
Name:Hut circle 265 metres south-east of Crockern

Summary

Hut measures 8.6 metres in diameter and consists of a crescentic rubble wall, 1.9 metres wide and 0.3 metres high, extending around the western half. No discernible entrance. In common with the surrounding area the hut is robbed of most of its stone; the surviving arc of bank has a sharp internal face suggesting stone cutting from inside.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 611 754
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of a hut circle 265 metres south-east of Crockern, consisting of a low arc of stones on the western side
  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of a hut circle 265 metres south-east of Crockern, consisting of a low arc of stones on the western side

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/97
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 02/07/1964, F62/58/6399, 034-35 (Aerial Photograph). SDV272301.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX67NW82 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV249183.

At SX61167544, on a low ridge at 375 metres ordnance datum, there is a ruined hut circle. It is probably of Type 1, the interior levelled into a slight east slope and measuring 8.6 metres in diameter. Crescentic rubble wall, 1.9 metres wide and 0.3 metres high, extends around the western half. There is no discernible entrance.
Faint traces of a field system, possibly of large rectilinear fields, can be seen in low light over about 3.0 hectares of the spur. The whole area has been cleared and laid down to pasture. The other two suspected hut circles appear to be small stone pits.


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

Probable hut circle, on aerial photograph. Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photograph.


Pattison, P., 1989, Field investigation south-west of Crockern Tor (Report - Survey). SDV249179.

Hut circle with fragments of a field system, probably associated. Dimensions, description and condition as stated by Ordnance Survey in 1979. In common with the surrounding area the hut is robbed of most of its stone; the surviving arc of bank has a sharp internal face suggesting stone cutting from inside. A ring of earth fast stones, 4 metres in overall diameter, at SX61147556 130 metres to the north, may be another hut circle.
A field system possibly associated with the hut circle is now virtually destroyed. Only four lengths of poorly-preserved boundaries survive at SX 61217540, SX 61207535, SX 61147562 and SX 61227578, spread over 300 metres north to south. Three are only slight rickles of earth-fast stones while the northernmst is more substantial, with small stones forming a low bank up to 2.2 metres wide and 0.3 metres high. It is impossible to specualte on an original layout.
Two other suspected hut circles mentioned by the Ordnance Survey (1979) and interpreted as stone pits are probably those features recorded from aerial photographs. These are at SX 61177518 and SX 61197518, approached from the south by a disused grassed track now blocked by the field wall. Interpretation as stone pits seems correct; probably trial pits looking for small scale quarry sites like that on the roadside to the south. Two more such pits lie in the same field at SX 61237525 and SX 61277531. All these, however are 100 metres to the south-west of the grid references given by 1985 Aerial Photograph Project: in these positions there is evidence of peat cutting with several low bases of peat-stacks still visible. These too could have been mistaken for hut circles.


Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

Hut is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV249179Report - Survey: Pattison, P.. 1989. Field investigation south-west of Crockern Tor. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.
SDV249183Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX67NW82. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV272301Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 02/07/1964. F62/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 034-35.
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.
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96472 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5971Related to: Trial pits north-east of Two Bridges (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Sep 22 2015 11:13AM