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HER Number:MDV6298
Name:Hut circle in settlement north-east of Swincombe intake


Hut circle within settlement north-east of Swincombe Water Intake. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 637 721
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Central western section of the Bronze Age Venford Reave at Swincombe, with a number of attached hut circle settlements and enclosures, as well as an extensive Bronze Age field system, a cairn and a post-Medieval blowing house on Down Ridge

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/51/5
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1980, SX67SW25 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV234066.

Hut Circle D (at SX6372/7310) is a double-walled type circle in good condition with diameter measuring 7.5 meters with an entrance on the eastern side. The walls are composed of turf-covered stones measuring 1.25 meters in width, remaining to a height of 0.6 meters. The circle butts onto the enclosure wall.

Pattison, P., 1988, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV345866.

Hut Circle D is located at SX 63727210. This feature occupies a slight shelf with a short, steep slope providing shelter on the south-western to south-eastern arcs. The structure is oval with an east-west internal diameter of 7.9 meters and a north-south diameter of 5.9 meters. The walling is composed of large stones and boulders with clear double-facing along the north-western side and part of the south-western side. There has been some displacement of wall material on the north-eastern side to the interior. Where facing is extant the wall is 1.0 meter wide, elsewhere it is spread between 1.5 and 2.9 meters. The average wall height is 0.5 meters. There is no visible entrance. The interior is flat and cut into the slope on the east/north-east. An enclosure wall, now quite fragmentary, adjoins the southern arc.

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

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV234066Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1980. SX67SW25. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97179 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345866Report - Survey: Pattison, P.. 1988. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV6293Part of: Settlement 500 meters north-east of Swincombe water intake (Monument)
MDV6294Related to: Enclosure within settlement north-east of Swincombe water intake (Monument)
MDV6296Related to: Enclosure within settlement north-east of Swincombe water intake (Monument)
MDV6295Related to: Hut circle in settlement north-east of Swincombe intake (Monument)
MDV6297Related to: Hut circle in settlement north-east of Swincombe intake (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 29 2013 1:35PM