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HER Number:MDV63617
Name:Hut circle on Dewerstone Hill, Meavy

Summary

A hut circle of possible Bronze Age to Iron Age is recorded as an earthwork on the north-west facing slopes just below the summit of Dewerstone Rock, forming part of the perimeter of a rectilinear bank defined enclosure. The hut circle is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs of the 1940s onwards.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 538 639
Map Sheet:SX56SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMeavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMEAVEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SW 14
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SW/11/1/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 34436.01

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK/1190, RAF/106G/UK/1190 RP 3237-3238 27-FEB-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363067.

A hut circle is identifiable as an earthwork.

Griffith, F. M., 1989, DAP/LS, DCC DAP/LS 1 12-MAY-1989 (Aerial Photograph). SDV267566.

A hut circle is identifiable as an earthwork.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152996, 8/1/2001 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Stone hut circle forming part of an enclosed settlement on the summit of Dewerstone Hill. Diameter measures 9.4 metres. Rubble wall 2.7 metres wide, 0.8 metres high. Butted by enclosure walling. A 220 degree facing gap is probably the result of modern interference. Attached annex defined by a 0.8 metres wide and 0.3 metres high earthwork with occasional protruding stones. Bracken, moss and grass-covered.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 98, Map 48.2 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1994, The Dewerstone, Meavy, Devon, 6-7 (Report - Survey). SDV359804.

There is a hut circle set into the north-western corner of the Bronze Age enclosure. It has an internal diameter of around 8 metres with walls up to 0.3 metres wide and 1.8 metre wide entrance facing south-south-west. It is terraced slightly into the natural scarp on the east and embanked downhill to a maximum height of 1.0 metre. A number of facing stones are visible. Surveyed at 1:1000 scale.

Environment Agency, 1998-2017, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX5363 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017 (Cartographic). SDV361470.

A hut circle is identifiable as an earthwork.

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

A possible hut circle of probable Bronze Age date is identifiable on aerial photographs of 1946, 1989, and visualisations derived from lidar data captured between 1998 and 2017, on the north-west facing slopes just below the summit of Dewerstone Rock.
The hut circle is largely obscured from view by dense vegetation on all aerial photographs available to the survey but can be defined as a roughly oval hollow or platform approximately 9m across, enclosed by a low, probably spread earthwork bank up to circa 5m wide.
The hut circle is either abutted by or was constructed as part of the perimeter of the rectilinear enclosure recorded as MDV2381, of which it forms the north-west corner.
No evidence of an entrance was identifiable on the sources available to the survey.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 98, Map 48.2.
SDV267566Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1989. DAP/LS. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DCC DAP/LS 1 12-MAY-1989.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152996, 8/1/2001.
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV359804Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1994. The Dewerstone, Meavy, Devon. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Digital. 6-7.
SDV361470Cartographic: Environment Agency. 1998-2017. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) EA: South Devon Coast to Dartmoor. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. LIDAR SX5363 Environment Agency DTM 01-JAN-1998 to 31-MAY-2017. [Mapped feature: #123930 ]
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
SDV363067Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK/1190. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). RAF/106G/UK/1190 RP 3237-3238 27-FEB-1946.

Associated Monuments

MDV2380Related to: Dewerstone hillfort or Tor enclosure (Monument)
MDV2381Related to: Rectilinear enclosure on Dewerstone Hill, Meavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Jan 27 2020 11:25AM