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HER Number:MDV6462
Name:Hut circle 460 meters north-west of Sharp Tor

Summary

Hut circle north-west of Sharp Tor; south of the road from Dartmeet to Ollsbrim. A large hut circle with robustly built stone walls, with a surviving inner face of edge set orthostats together with some on the external wall. The internal diameter (i.e. across internal wall face) is 11.7 metres, with walls up to 3.4 metres thick and 1.5 metres high. The interior is level with some tumble and an entrance oriented south-south-east. The hut is situated against an enclosure wall and is cut into a gentle slope. A small shelter, diameter 3.5 metres is built into the north corner.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 682 733
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument 1003280: Hut 700yds (640m) NW of Sharp Tor
  • 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: 442892
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/76
  • Old SAM County Ref: 337
  • 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, 3421-2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1951, SX67SE13 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV282938.

Hut circle in excellent condition and is a prominent feature. The walls are complete to a height of 1.2 meters and are 1.5 meters wide except for a short break in the south where the walls are approx.0.1 meters high.


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

Other details: Figure.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 1006 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Other details: Volume 5.


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


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX67SE13 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV347084.

On a steep south east slope above Eastern Combe is a Type 2 hut circle in good condition. The level interior has a diameter of 11.6 meters within substantial walling 2.1 meters wide and 1.0 meters high. The entrance lies to the south east. Other details: Plan.


Department of Environment, 1983, Hut circle 640 meters north-west of Sharp Tor (Schedule Document). SDV347083.

Hut 640 meters north-west of Sharp Tor. A very fine hut, 11.89 meters in diameter, interior sunk into the hill side, entrance to the south-east. Walls measure 1.6 meters - 1.8 meters thick, built of massive slabs (there are other huts 6.1 meters - 8.2 meters in diameter, similarly built and with indications of a field system overlaid by medieval cultivation adjoining this hut to north of the main road).


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

Hut circle within an area of ridge and furrow of field system. Visible on National Monuments Record 1980 aerial photograph.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 98 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Hut circle depicted on Butler's map. Other details: Map 12.


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 circle with associated boundaries shown on survey. The hut is attached on the west side to a north-south reave, running from Vag Hill to Yartor Down. This hut lies approximately 50.0 meters east of the road to Ollsbrim.


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

A large hut circle with robustly built stone walls, with a surviving inner face of edge set orthostats together with some on the external wall. The internal diameter (i.e. across internal wall face) is 11.7 metres, with walls up to 3.4 metres thick and 1.5 metres high. The interior is level with some tumble and an entrance oriented south-south-east. The hut is situated against an enclosure wall and is cut into a gentle slope. A small shelter, diameter 3.5 metres is built into the north corner.


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


National Monuments Record, 23/04/1980, SF1748, 359-373 (Aerial Photograph). SDV279663.

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.
SDV279663Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 23/04/1980. SF1748. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 359-373.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3421-2.
SDV282938Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1951. SX67SE13. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 98.
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. 1006.
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: #97637 ]
SDV347061Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2008. Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV347083Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 1983. Hut circle 640 meters north-west of Sharp Tor. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Unbound.
SDV347084Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX67SE13. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments

MDV6030Part of: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV6422Related to: Cist south-east of Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV6421Related to: Eastern Combe deserted settlement north-west of Sharp Tor (Building)
MDV6461Related to: Hut circle 600 meters south-east of Yar Tor (Monument)
MDV28605Related to: Hut Circle south-east of Yartor Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Mar 4 2019 1:23PM