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HER Number:MDV6221
Name:Settlement south-east of Round Hill, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Settlement south-east of Round Hill with over 20 hut circles and linear features

Location

Grid Reference:SX 612 742
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW6
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/6
  • Old SAM County Ref: 705
  • Pastscape: 443250

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 02/07/1964, F62/58/6399, 034-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV272301.

Photograph taken on 2nd July 1964.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Hut Circles' shown on 19th century map.

Prowse, A. B., 1901, The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor, 498 (Article in Serial). SDV233834.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs, 2149 4431 (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Photograph taken on 11th July 1947.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1982, Dunnabridge Farm (Plan - measured). SDV266230.

Robinson, R., 1982, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982 (Un-published). SDV342809.

Site visited on 22nd January 1982.

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

Nine hut circles are visible between SX61237430 and SX61407410 (there are three attached hut circles in an enclosure to the west. Three short linear features are recorded at SX61247427, SX61357423 and SX61377421, all of them attached to hut circles.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 226-9, Map 65, Figure 65.1 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Round Hill settlement takes up most of the eastern half of the hill with huts and enclosure walls. A low rubble bank supporting a line of slabs winds up from the lower slopes from the edge of the damp ground bounding the huts to the west.

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

Hut circles and linear features shown on survey.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Some features cisible on aerial photograph.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443250, SX67SW6 (Website). SDV363416.

Field Investigation on 1st September 1950. Centred at SX 613742 a settlement with a group of 23 hut circles on the south-east slope of Roundhill, bounded on their west
side by a slight bank running generally sout-heast with an occasional
large stone along its course.
Field Investigation on 18th February 1980. A total of twenty-three huts are identifiable, seventeen forming a
widespread settlement in the west in an area of long, matted, grass
on a very slight east sloe.
The settlement is bounded on the west side by a rubble field wall 216 metres long, 1.6 metres wide and 0.6 metres high. Two huts are integrated in the wall. On the east side there is a similar but more fragmentary wall 110 metres long with 2 huts attached to it. These isolated walls are part of a field system which probably covers at least 18 hectares of Round Hill but is concealed by peat and the mat of coarse grass. Other walls occur to the north-east but nowhere is there sufficient to indicate the size or plan of the fields. Most of the site is scheduled with the exception of the 5 huts comprising the eastern group and the southern hut of the main group.
Field Investigation on 1st March 1988. This large apparently enclosed, settlement is situated on a flattish peat-covered plain between 335 metres and 350 metres OD on the east side of Roundhill. It lies in the angle formed by the West Dart and Blackbrook rivers; the east and west sides apparently delimited by sinuous prehistoric boulder and stone walls. Twenty-five of the 26 huts depicted on Prowse's plan can now be identified on the ground, also 3 huts and 2 other features, not shown on the plan. The remains of the majority of the huts lie under a thick layer of peat which obscures all but the tops of the walls. The walling of boulder and stone composition now a maximum 0.4 metres high may be of double-faced construction in places. The positions of the entrances are not always clear. Very little walling it traceable within the settlement and only one linear boulder and stone line up to 0.4 metres in height, centred at SX61637425, is presently identifiable.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Settlement and Field System' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1002577 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

The stone hut circle settlement survives as a scatter approximately 17 hut circles close to the foot of the Roundhill. The majority are small with internal diameters of between 2.5 metres to 4 metres and two of these are connected to a field boundary. Four of the hut circles are larger and have either internal divisions or ancillary structures attached and measure up to 8.2 metres in diameter internally. The hut circles are all defined by low rubble walls. The settlement lies within a field system which is partially visible and partly obscured by peat deposits. A length of wall on the west side of the settlement is the most clearly visible, but smaller lengths and pounds are present between the buildings of the settlement.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV233834Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1901. The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Unknown. 498.
SDV266230Plan - measured: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Dunnabridge Farm. 1:25,000. Plan.
SDV272301Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 02/07/1964. F62/58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 034-5.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 226-9, Map 65, Figure 65.1.
SDV342809Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1982. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Unknown.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). 2149 4431.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443250, SX67SW6.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1002577.

Associated Monuments

MDV54439Parent of: Circular feature in settlement north of Blackbrook River (Monument)
MDV6233Parent of: Enclosure wall 'P' west of settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6222Parent of: Hut circle 'A' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54378Parent of: Hut circle 'AA' to the east of the main settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6226Parent of: Hut circle 'B' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54379Parent of: Hut circle 'BB to the east of the main settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6227Parent of: Hut circle 'C' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54381Parent of: Hut circle 'CC' to the east of the main settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6223Parent of: Hut circle 'D' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54382Parent of: Hut circle 'DD' to the east of the main settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6228Parent of: Hut circle 'E' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6229Parent of: Hut circle 'F' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6230Parent of: Hut circle 'G' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6236Parent of: Hut circle 'H' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6235Parent of: Hut circle 'I' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6237Parent of: Hut circle 'J' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6224Parent of: Hut circle 'K' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6225Parent of: Hut circle 'L' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6232Parent of: Hut circle 'M' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6231Parent of: Hut circle 'N' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6234Parent of: Hut circle 'O' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54369Parent of: Hut circle 'Q' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54370Parent of: Hut circle 'R' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54372Parent of: Hut circle 'S' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54373Parent of: Hut circle 'T' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54374Parent of: Hut circle 'U' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54375Parent of: Hut circle 'V' in settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54376Parent of: Hut circle 'W' north of settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6241Parent of: Hut circle 'Y' to the east of the main settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6243Parent of: Hut circle 'Z' to the east of the main settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV129842Parent of: Settlement to the east of the main settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6217Related to: Cairn and cist on the summit of Round Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6238Related to: Cairn and cist on the summit of Round Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6257Related to: Cist north of prehistoric settlement on summit of Round Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6218Related to: Enclosure or remains of field system on Round Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV25952Related to: Enclosure visible on aerial photograph, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54383Related to: Enclosure wall 'EE' to the east of the main settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV54438Related to: Hut circle at settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV25955Related to: Short length of bank to east of settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 28 2021 12:05PM