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HER Number:MDV6444
Name:Hut circles 360 meters south-west of Oldsbrim

Summary

On level ground to the south of the Oldsbrim enclosed land are two hut circles with associated attached enclosures, which utilize elements of the Dartmeet parallel reave system. The enclosures, both approximate rectangles, have low stony walls, now mostly collapsed. The hut in the western enclosure survives as a stony ring with the inner lining visible in places. The interior is level and there is some tumble and a possible entrance on the south side. This hut measures 5.7 metres diameter internally with walls of 1.0 metre thick and up to 1.0 metres high. The hut circle in the eastern enclosure is attached to the interior of the north wall and comprises a stone and turf bank. The interior is level with some tumble and a possible entrance oriented south-south-east. This hut measures 5.8 metres in diameter with walls 0.7 metres high and 0.7 metres thick.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 684 732
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: 442931
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/59
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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


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

Hut circles. Prehistoric settlement with associated fields. Other details: Figure.


National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX6773/1, 75 (Aerial Photograph). SDV285717.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 999 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Other details: Volume 5.


Ordnance Survey, 1980, Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments (Report - Survey). SDV315817.

Not visible in aerial photographs, but faint traces of sub-circular enclosures to the south. On undated (c.1980?) Ordnance Survey drawing, two huts, one with an annexe, and a short wall are shown.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX67SE26 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV283334.

On a level area north of Sharp Tor are two Type 2 hut circles in poor condition. The level interiors have diameters of about 6.7 meters. With walling averaging 1.2 meters wide and 0.5 meters high, and entrances to the south-south-east. The westernmost example has a small hut or annexe attached to its north east side. The huts are incorporated in an extensive field system. Other details: Plan.


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

Two possible hut circles visible on 1977 National Monuments Record aerial photograoh at SX68477327 and SX68457329.


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

Part of Dartmeet coaxial field system (Northern Part) 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 circles and associated fields or enclosures shown on the English Heritage survey of the area.


Newman, P., 2008, Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project (Report - Survey). SDV347061.

On level ground to the south of the Oldsbrim enclosed land are two hut circles with associated attached enclosures, which utilize elements of the Dartmeet parallel reave system. The enclosures, both approximate rectangles, have low stony walls, now mostly collapsed. The western enclosure covers an area of 0.11 hectares and contains a single hut built into the wall. The hut survives as a stony ring with the inner lining visible in places. The interior is level and there is some tumble and a possible entrance on the south side. This hut measures 5.7 metres diameter internally with walls of 1.0 metre thick and up to 1.0 metres high.
The second enclosure is attached to the east side of the first and covers 0.9 hectares. The hut circle is attached to the interior of the north wall and comprises a stone and turf bank. The interior is level with some tumble and a possible entrance oriented south-south-east. This hut measures 5.8 metres in diameter with walls 0.7 metres high and 0.7 metres thick.
A number of fragmentary enclosure walls to the south-east of the main enclosures may be associated. These are very feint stony lines and incorporate a small granite outcrop 60.0 metres south-east of the main enclosure.


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

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.
SDV283334Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX67SE26. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV285717Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX6773/1. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 75.
SDV315817Report - Survey: Ordnance Survey. 1980. Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Plan. Unknown.
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.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 999.
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.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97573 ]
SDV347061Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2008. Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV6030Part of: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV79774Part of: Enclosures 350 meters south-west of Oldsbrim (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Mar 4 2019 2:49PM