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HER Number:MDV6443
Name:Hut Circle on the south of Yartor Down

Summary

A hut circle and fragments of enclosure walls on the southern lower slope of Yartor, just north of the road. The site was heavily covered by gorse at the time of survey and according to Butler, more evidence exists at this site. The visible hut circle is a turf-covered circular earthwork with a level interior and no definable entrance. It is built into a slight slope against a probable reave and has a diameter of 6.8 metres, with walls of 1.5 metres wide and 0.7 metres high.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 680 733
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SE24
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/58
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67SE24
  • Pastscape: 442925
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Constructed, Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 3421-2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951 - 1980, SX67SE24 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346978.

Two hut circles and two fields visible in aerial photographs. Two hut circles, walls, and a circular field or enclosure with ?lynchetted walls shown on undated Ordnance Survey drawing.
Hut circle in a ruinous condition, shape apparent but stones just at ground level with a few to the north-east of the circle being completely soilbound diameter 18.4 metres.


Fox, A., 1954, Celtic Fields and Farms on Dartmoor in Light of Recent Excavations at Kestor, 99,101 (Article in Serial). SDV231175.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX67NE (Cartographic). SDV337077.

Hut circle in the corner of a second possible element of an enclosure north of the hut circle. This enclosure is attached to a reave within the reave system and is visible on 1947 aerial photograph.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 126 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Enclosure Site 10 surrounds a hut of 5.6 metres diameter. Its extension south of the road is lost in disturbed ground. Immediately opposite the hut is a circular enclosure. Other details: Map 14 Sites 1-10.


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

Part of Dartmeet coaxial field system which was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 43.


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

Hut circle shown slightly to the south-east on Prehistoric mapping.


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Hut circle shown on modern mapping.


National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape (Website). SDV362732.

A hut circle and fragments of enclosure walls on the southern lower slope of Yartor, just north of the road. The site was heavily covered by gorse at the time of survey and according to Butler, more evidence exists at this site (1991). The enclosure and one hut circle referred to by the Ordnance Survey (1980) was totally obscured. The visible hut circle is a turf-covered circular earthwork with a level interior and no definable entrance. It is built into a slight slope against a probable reave and has a diameter of 6.8 metres, with walls of 1.5 metres wide and 0.7 metres high (citing Newman, P., 14/03/2008, English Heritage Archaeological Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231175Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1954. Celtic Fields and Farms on Dartmoor in Light of Recent Excavations at Kestor. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 20. Unknown. 99,101.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3421-2.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 126.
SDV337077Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NE. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
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. [Mapped feature: #97572 ]
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV346978Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951 - 1980. SX67SE24. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV26257Related to: Enclosure on the south of Yartor Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Mar 4 2019 12:49PM