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HER Number:MDV6453
Name:Settlement east of Mel Tor


Prehistoric settlement to the east of Mel Tor including several hut circles and a field system


Grid Reference:SX 694 725
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442860
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/67
  • Old SAM County Ref: 758
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67SE1
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT (Early Bronze Age to Early Iron Age - 2200 BC to 700 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

One 'Hut Circle' shown on 19th century map.

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 2376-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX67SE1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV345956.

The bank and inner walling of this hut are in relatively good condition. The hut is inset into the hill sloping east from Mel Tor. The entrance is on the eastern side and here the surrounding bank is highest and widest. The large stones set on edge marking its inner perimeter are all still standing. The hut surface, which is irregular is grass covered, as is its encircling bank. The hut centre is lower by 100 millimetres for a diameter of 2 metres. Four grass and lichen covered stones are inset into the hut circle's surface, but their purpose is not known. No finds were made. Other details: Cross section Sketch.

Ministry of Works, 1968, Settlement east of Mel Tor (Schedule Document). SDV345953.

Settlement; hut circles and field system east of Mel Tor. Single hut, lined with slabs internally, and well preserved. Entrance gap to the south east. There are about three fields associated with the hut, one above and two below. A second hut platform lies to the north-west, close beside the track from which all the stones have been removed for modern field walls. There are larger lynchetted fields extending up the tor. The scheduled area covers the the south-eastern part of the larger settlement. Other details: Monument 758.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 973 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX67SE (Cartographic). SDV345957.

Hut circle which appears to be incorporated into the wall of an enclosure, close to what appears to be another enclosure.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 118-9 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Mel Tor farmstead and enclosure. The track follows the field wall around Mel Tor corner and then almost immediately cuts through the yard of a Prehistoric farmstead. This was laid out in the lee of the tor, which has been included in the western boundary of the farm. The downhill fields lay within the present ones and have been completely cleared away. Naturally many slabs have been robbed from the walls but a well preserved round house survives close to the track. The floor has been levelled into the hillside with an entrance facing downhill. A passageway crosses the end of the paddock uphill though it is uncertain whether it continued as far as the hut. Other details: Map 11, Site 4, Figure 11.2.

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

An extension to the Scheduled Prehistoric settlement to the east of Mel Tor was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 42.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 442860 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345958.

The remains of two hut circles and a field system. The huts average 7.5 metres in diameter and have single retaining slabs.

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

Two 'Hut Circles' shown on modern mapping close to the track on the eastern side of the settlement.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2376-7.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 118-9. [Mapped feature: #97597 ]
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 973.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345953Schedule Document: Ministry of Works. 1968. Settlement east of Mel Tor. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV345956Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX67SE1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345957Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67SE. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV345958National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 442860. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV25367Parent of: Bank (Monument)
MDV26348Parent of: ENCLOSURE in the Parish of Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)
MDV26252Parent of: HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Widecombe in the Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 19 2015 4:19PM