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HER Number:MDV6080
Name:Settlement 200m north of Laughter Tor

Summary

The remains of a Bronze Age settlement comprising two hut circles and an irregular field system. The hut circles measure c 4m in diameter and 0.6m high. The surrounding enclosures are evident as stoney banks of 2m wide and 0.7m high. Scheduled.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 652 759
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NE223
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 891111
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/71
  • Old SAM Ref: 28690(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • FIELD SYSTEM (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV230412.

Dnp/conservation of ancient monuments ms field report (1976). Enclosure. Included in 1955 spooner/dixon report: (lakehead bellever laughter), site no.32. Site no.1d in bellever plantation, laughter tor (with sketch map) in dnp field report.
Vis=-/-/1976 (turner) enclosure of low walls on a nw. Facing slope. Two hut-circles inside it. On unplanted ground n. Of laughter tor.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on RAF 1950 aerial photograph.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140583 (28/01/1998) (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(28/01/1998) Agglomerated enclosure 170m north-north-west of Laughter Tor. Enclosure with two hut circles.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, fig 27, 9, 46 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(15/10/1993) Centred SX 65227597. A settlement comprising two hut circles and several irregular enclosures 200m north east of Laughter Tor. The site lies largely in open moorland with the northern and eastern extremities extending into Forestry Commission plantation.
The huts lie in the same enclosure at the heart of the field system. Both huts seem to be relatively well preserved with level interiors and heather-covered walls. Some traces of both internal and external facing stones are apparent.
SX 65227595. The western hut is free standing and measures 4.4m in diameter with stoney walls 2.1m wide and up to 0.6m high. There is no obvious entrance but there is a distinct lowering of the wall on the western side.
SX 65247595. The eastern hut adjoins one of the walls forming the central enclosure and measures 4.0m in diameter with walls on average 2.0m wide and a maximum of 0.6m high. A slight gap in the wall on the south-western side may indicate the site of a former entrance. The surrounding enclosures are formed by stoney banks about 2.0m wide with a maximum height of 0.7m. There are no obvious gateways. The fields are incompletely preserved but show no signs of the rectilinear pattern displayed by the field systems immediately to the east (SX 67 NE 25 and 215).
Parts of this settlement are depicted and described by Butler 1991.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. fig 27, 9, 46.
SDV230412Migrated Record:
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140583 (28/01/1998).
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV5998Related to: Hut with field boundaries in woodland, Bellever (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7388 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7406 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2022 1:00PM