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HER Number:MDV6020
Name:Hut circle settlement east of Laughter Tor


Hut circles within Bronze Age field system; consisting of at least five huts with associated enclosures / fields.


Grid Reference:SX 655 756
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/40
  • Old SAM County Ref: 879
  • Old SAM Ref: 34457

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229362.

Settlement containing hut circles and field system, e of laughter tor.

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV229363.

Vis=2/2/1971 (ancient monuments) two hut circles associated with rectangular fields. Hut a. Entrance in se corner. Diameter 6 yards. Hut b diameter 5 yards.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV229365.

Vis=there do appear to be two sets of field phases within this area of fragmentary banks. There are three hut circles visible. The features all appear as vegetation marks on the nmr 1979 ap (rchm app 1985).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229366.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV229367.

Aph=raf f62 58 6399 028-29/2 july 1964.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV229368.

Aph=os/1972/066/051/tracing of this in parish file.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV229369.

Aph=nmr sf1509/225-230(26/4/1979).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229370.

Des=os 6"(1904)107ne.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229371.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229372.

Des=ancient monuments/(30/9/2003)/as above.

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

Depicted on the survey layer.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England, 1021045 (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

The monument includes a prehistoric settlement and an irregular aggregate field system lying on the upper south east facing slope of Laughter Tor, overlooking the valley of the East Dart River. The prehistoric settlement survives wholly within the irregular aggregate field system and includes at least five stone hut circles. The stone hut circles survive as circular banks surrounding an internal area which varies from 8 sq m to 23 sq m, with the average being 14 sq m. The height of the surrounding walls varies between 0.4m and 0.7m, with the average being 0.52m. Two of the huts have visible doorways, two are conjoined and three are attached to field boundary banks. The irregular aggregate field system is defined by a series of sinuous low rubble banks, some of which are lynchetted and which together form at least 11 fields, which have been added over a period of time.
Field systems of a later date partly overlie the monument. The medieval fields are denoted by a series of banks and ditches, whilst a post-medieval coursed drystone wall leads across the monument from north east to south west

Sources / Further Reading

SDV229362Migrated Record:
SDV229363Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments.
SDV229365Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV229366Migrated Record:
SDV229367Aerial Photograph:
SDV229368Aerial Photograph:
SDV229369Aerial Photograph:
SDV229370Migrated Record:
SDV229371Migrated Record:
SDV229372Migrated Record:
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96532 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website. 1021045.

Associated Monuments

MDV66327Parent of: Hut circle in field system 340 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm (Monument)
MDV66328Parent of: Hut circle in field system 340 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm (Monument)
MDV66329Parent of: Hut circle in field system 340 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm (Monument)
MDV66330Parent of: Hut circle in field system 340 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm (Monument)
MDV66331Parent of: Hut circle in field system 340 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm (Monument)
MDV66332Related to: Field system 340 metres south-west of Laughter Hole Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 24 2014 10:39AM