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HER Number:MDV5993
Name:Hut Circle within Lower Cator Settlement


Prehistoric hut circle within Lower Cator settlement


Grid Reference:SX 684 759
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 NE 19
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/18
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NE19
  • Pastscape: 442465
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1958, SX67NE19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346965.

Hut circle in fair condition approximately 4.5 metres diameter marked by eight stones which are mostly almost buried. Other details: Plan.

Royal Air Force, 1964, 6399, 24-25 (Aerial Photograph). SDV228504.

Other details: F61 58.

National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX6875/1, 99-108 (Aerial Photograph). SDV289774.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 963 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX67NE (Cartographic). SDV337077.

Three possible small hut circles at SX68447594, SX68497594 and SX68527591 within a probable Medieval field system. Visible on 1977 aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 133 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Lower Cator Prehistoric settlement includes this hut circle. It lies above the road and shows as a ring of slabs in poor condition but with a jamb stone indicating the position of the entrance. Other details: Map 17, Site 2.

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

Part of Dartmeet coaxial field system (Northern Part) which was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 43.

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

Hut circle shown on Prehistoric mapping.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442465 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346969.

Two hut circles on the north-east lower slopes of Corndon Down. At SX 6843 7598 one survives as a circular level platform cut into slope of 7 metres diameter. Several boulders exposed including one orthostat of 1 metre high. There is a tree growing from the north side.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV228504Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. 6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 24-25.
SDV289774Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX6875/1. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 99-108.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 133.
SDV337077Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NE. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 963.
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. [Mapped feature: #96514 ]
SDV346965Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1958. SX67NE19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346969National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442465. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV6030Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV26442Related to: Hut Circle within Lower Cator Settlement (Monument)
MDV79711Related to: Hut in enclosure south of Lower Cator (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8296 - Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Jul 14 2020 8:54AM