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HER Number:MDV6565
Name:Hut Circle at Asssycombe

Summary

Hut circle cut into west facing slope close to track. Made up of thick rubble and earth banks with an interior diameter of 5.8 metres. A breach in the bank at the southern end is probably the entrance.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 659 828
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144162
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/15/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 28655
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68SE2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Turner, J. R., 1976, Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Fernworthy and Bellever (Report - non-specific). SDV351823.

Fernworthy Plantation. Assacombe 2C.
Hut circle. 5.8 metres diameter. On a platform site cut into a west facing slope. Stone wall 1.6 metres thick. The largest surviving stone is the porch stone on the south side of the hut. Not investigated, has been planted over.
February 1976. Hut clear of trees and other debris. Clearance zone ringed by nine posts. Trees standing within clearance zone and trees outside are within falling distance of hut.
Included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report (A) Region south of the Teign (Assacombe and Lowton), Site No. 11.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1976-78, SX68SE2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV278461.


Turner, J., 1978, Report of Work Carried Out by the Forestry Commission since January 1976 (Report - non-specific). SDV351816.

Trees removed.


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

Hut circle not visible on RAF aerial photos due to tree cover.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 144162 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 29th April 1997. Hut circle forming part of settlement at Assycombe. 6 metres by 4.8 metres, wall 1.7 metres wide, 0.9 metres high. Internal area 28.8 square metres. Oriented west-east. Doorway faces 188 degrees and is faced on the west side.


Smith, N., 1992, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas 1992 (Un-published). SDV351819.

Fernworthy. Assycombe. 1C/2C. Site visit 27th May 1992. Enclosure and hut circle in a clear-felled area on west facing slope near track. Condition stable. Site marked. Suggested current vegetation management regime be maintained. Photo.


Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1996, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996 (Un-published). SDV351820.

Fernworthy. Assycombe 1C/2C. Site visit 27th September 1996. Site marked with ten posts.


Fugro-BKS, 2013, Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey (Cartographic). SDV351778.

Hut circle visible.


Newman, P., 2013, Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey (Un-published). SDV351708.


Newman , P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon, 22 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

This is probably the third hut mentioned by Burnard in his notes of 1894. The hut is made up of thick rubble and earth banks. The interior floor level has been cleaned down by the excavators leeaving the stones of the inner wall in sharp profiled. A breach in the bank at the southern end is probably the entrance. The internal diameter is up to 5.8 metres and the walls are up to 3.6 metres thick and 1.0 metre high. Conifer stumps and roots have disturbed both the walls and the interior.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Hut circle marked.


English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

[Part of] stone alignment, hut circle settlement, medieval long house and post-medieval farmstead at Assycombe.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 144162.
SDV278461Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1976-78. SX68SE2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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.
SDV351708Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital.
SDV351778Cartographic: Fugro-BKS. 2013. Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey. Digital.
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 22.
SDV351816Report - non-specific: Turner, J.. 1978. Report of Work Carried Out by the Forestry Commission since January 1976. A4 Stapled.
SDV351819Un-published: Smith, N.. 1992. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas 1992. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
SDV351820Un-published: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
SDV351823Report - non-specific: Turner, J. R.. 1976. Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Fernworthy and Bellever. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. Digital.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97888 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV14807Part of: Assycombe Brook Settlement (Monument)
MDV6564Related to: Enclosure at the northern end of Assycombe (Monument)
MDV58435Related to: Hut Circle at northern end of Assycombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6203 - Archaeological Survey of Fernworthy Forest
  • EDV6216 - Condition Surveys of Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land
  • EDV7389 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1996
  • EDV7410 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1992

Date Last Edited:May 22 2014 11:51AM