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HER Number:MDV5990
Name:Hut circles on Hamel Down

Summary

Vis=10/12/1953 (os) two slightly angular hut circles, in good condition and set on a hillside sloping steeply to the w and on that side have been built up to create a level platform. The walls, which are turf covered are constructed of earth and small stones. They interrupt a strip lynchet which runs from n to s. The 'upper' hut, diam 9.75m, has an opening in the sw marked by an orthostat and was excavated in 1938 exposing nine coarse sherds and five flints. Finds now in ram, exeter. The 'lower' hut, diam 10.36m, remains unexcavated.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 696 798
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/15
  • Old SAM County Ref: 518

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

PATTISON, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV151316.

A: sx69667989 "upper" hut: internal diam 6.7m n-s by 4.8m. Walls are 3.8m-5.9m wide, standing on average 0.6m high. Several internal edge-set facing slabs are just visible. Terracing of the interior is achieved by cutting in on the e to 1.4m and building up to 1.7m on the w. There is an entrance on the s arc which has one flanking "jamb" set transversely in situ across the w side. B: sx69657988 "lower" hut: internal diam 6.4m n-s by 7m. Walls are between 2.8m and 4m wide, standing on average 0.5m high but no facing stones are visible. It is cut in 1.1m on the e and built up on the w 1.6m. No entrance is visible. The hut walls merge but with no visible priority other than those of a, at a higher level, eroding and spreading over b. The huts lie on the n perimeter of an enclosure which has been severely damaged by the strip lynchet. Two sections survive: c on s is a prominent, curving scarp 3.8m long and 1.1m high running obliquely to the line of the lynchets. A short length runs 5m se from a before truncation by the extant stone field wall. Its original shape and area are not now possible to define. A problem of interpretation is posed by the relationship of the huts to 2 lynchets. Rchme app suggests they are built over the e lynchet, but this cannot be proven without excavation. The w lynchet has clearly utilised and straightened an earlier feature which emerges as the prehistoric enclosure wall c. Assuming the huts are earlier than the lynchets, their survival in such an intensive agricultural regime is remarkable and possibly due to their being put to some use. The 1938 excavation took place in the e half of hut a including the entrance. It revealed the orthostatic facing stones around the ne internal arc, together with paving around the entrance and a second doorway "jamb" which was re-erected (not now visible). Internally, floor level was 18" below external ground level. There were no post holes but a possible hearth. Surveyed at 1:2500 (pattison).


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=10/12/1953 (os) two slightly angular hut circles, in good condition and set on a hillside sloping steeply to the w and on that side have been built up to create a level platform. The walls, which are turf covered are constructed of earth and small stones. They interrupt a strip lynchet which runs from n to s. The 'upper' hut, diam 9.75m, has an opening in the sw marked by an orthostat and was excavated in 1938 exposing nine coarse sherds and five flints. Finds now in ram, exeter. The 'lower' hut, diam 10.36m, remains unexcavated.


RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298387.

Two hut circles very close together and built either side on a strip lynchet. Visible on nmr 1980 ap (rchm app 1985).


RCHME, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV298390.

Vis=4/7/1990 (rchme) two hut circles and part of an enclosure. Both huts are terraced by cutting in on the e and massive building up on the w, their walls, vegetation-covered stony banks spread and probably enhanced by material from field clearance and the 1938 excavation.


RCHME, CITING PEARCE, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298392.

Flints and pottery said by pearce to have been found at a hut circle site in the west webbourne valley ?sx685806, now in exeter city museum, probably relate to this site (rchme, citing pearce).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298393.

Shorter, a. H. /pdas/4(1948-52)102-5, fig. /hut circles and ancient fields near challacombe, dartmoor.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298394.

Osa=sx67ne4.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298395.

Osa=sx67ne35.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298396.

Mus=exe.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV298397.

Aph=nmr sf1748/249-260(23/4/1980).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298398.

Pearce, s. M. /devon in prehistory/(1978).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298399.

Mus=exe/17/1948.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298400.

Des=pattison, p. /(4/7/1990)/rchme field investigation.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV298401.

Aph=raf/541/540 fr 3145-6, 4145/(1/6/1950).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV298402.

Aph=nmr/sx6979/1/35-7/(19/4/1977).


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV298403.

Aph=nmr/sx6979/4/393-6/(23/5/1977).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298404.

Des=rchme/duchy farms, devon.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV151316Migrated Record: PATTISON.
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV298387Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV298390Report - Survey: RCHME.
SDV298392Migrated Record: RCHME, CITING PEARCE.
SDV298393Migrated Record:
SDV298394Migrated Record:
SDV298395Migrated Record:
SDV298396Migrated Record:
SDV298397Aerial Photograph:
SDV298398Migrated Record:
SDV298399Migrated Record:
SDV298400Migrated Record:
SDV298401Aerial Photograph:
SDV298402Aerial Photograph:
SDV298403Aerial Photograph:
SDV298404Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV122261Related to: Enclosure with platform on Hamel Down, Manaton (Monument)
MDV122263Related to: Features on Hamel Down, Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5881 - LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC?)
  • FDV5880 - SHERD (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC?)

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 26 2018 4:24PM