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HER Number:MDV62353
Name:Hut circle 250 metres west of Rippon Tor

Summary

One of a pair of hut circles on Horridge Common to the west of Rippon Tor. Both turf-covered huts are around 7.5 metres in diameter and are hard to detect on the hillside.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 744 755
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 152585
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/409
  • Old SAM Ref: 24126
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1980, NMR SF1746 (Aerial Photograph). SDV294996.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Two hut circles visible at SX74437557 and SX74477557.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 152585 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 8th April 1999. Hut circle, 7.0 metres diameter. Earthwork and single orthostat wall, 1.7 metres wide, 0.5 metres high. A gap at 205 degrees may represent a doorway. Vegetation: grass, bracken and gorse.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 42-3, Fig. 5.3, Map 5 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Butler’s hut circle 2 measures approximately 7.4 metres in diameter and is located with a neighbouring hut (1) around 200 metres below the summit of the tor. These huts are hard to locate and no entrances are visible in the turf-covered walls, which stand only 0.3 metres above the interiors but still show signs of being levelled into the slope. Possible remains of an enclosure can be seen leading from the eastern hut (MDV62354).


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Hut circle visible on the aerial photography.


Newman, P., 2013, An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon, 8, Table 1 (Report - Assessment). SDV356396.

Hut circle within the Rippon Tor newtake. Condition stable. Vegetation: short grassland.


Newman, P., 2013, Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed (Report - Survey). SDV351113.

Site visited and grid reference confirmed.


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

Two stone hut circles and a length of boundary walling 250m west of Rippon Tor
The monument includes two stone hut circles and a length of boundary walling situated on the west facing slope of Rippon Tor overlooking Blackslade Mire. The interior of the western stone hut circle measures 7m in diameter and is surrounded by a 1.7m wide stoney bank standing up to 0.5m high. A south west facing gap in the wall may represent an original doorway. The eastern building survives as a 1.6m wide stoney bank standing up to 0.5m high surrounding an internal area measuring 7.6m in diameter. The boundary wall leads south from this building and is formed by orthostats.
The two stone hut circles and length of walling 250m west of Rippon Tor survive comparatively well and represent an important source of environmental and archaeological information for the settlement of Dartmoor in the later prehistoric period. The settlement lies within the nationally important Rippon Tor coaxial field system and close to several significant funerary cairns, which are the subject of separate schedulings.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 59 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Hut circle 250 metres west of Rippon Tor. One of two large hut circles on the western slope of Rippon Tor. Condition is stable. SX74407 75578.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 152585.
SDV294996Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1980. NMR SF1746. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 42-3, Fig. 5.3, Map 5.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96992 ]
SDV351113Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2013. Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed. Digital.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV356396Report - Assessment: Newman, P.. 2013. An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon. SW Landscape Investigations Report. A4 Bound + Digital. 8, Table 1.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 59.

Associated Monuments

MDV62354Related to: Hut circle 230 metres west of Rippon Tor (Monument)
MDV25747Related to: Parallel Reave System on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV15391Related to: Rippon Tor Reave (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6433 - Assessment of Halsanger Common, Horridge Common and Rippon Tor
  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 15 2016 11:46AM