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HER Number:MDV6566
Name:Hut Circle 60 metres south-east of Assycombe Farmstead

Summary

Hut circle on a platform site within a rectangular enclosure. It survives predominently as an earthwork circle with only fragments of the inner stone wall remaining. 5.8 metres internal diameter. Walls spread up to 3.0 metres thick and standing about 0.45 metres high.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 659 827
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144161
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/16
  • Old SAM Ref: 28655
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68SE91

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 4C. Hut circle on a platform site, cut into a west facing slope. 5.8 metres diameter. The largest stone is the entrance porch stone on the southern side of the hut. Not investigated. Has been planted over.
February 1976. Four trees in stone wall. Eight posts ringing clearance zone. Nine trees standing within. Trees outside the post ring are within falling distance of the hut.
Not included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report.


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

Trees removed from inside clearance zone.


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

Hut circle not visible on 1946 RAF aerial photos due to tree cover.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 144161 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 29th April 1997. Hut circle forming part of settlement at Assycombe. Diameter 5.8 metres. Wall 1.6 metres wide, 0.9 metres high. Internal area 26.4 square metres. A gap at 173 degrees defined by a leaning orthostat may represent a doorway.


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

Fernworthy. Assycombe 4C. Site visit 27th May 1992. Hut circle in clear felled area. On a platform site cut into west facing slope to south-west of farmhouse. Stable condition. Site marked. Under grass. Suggest 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 Group 4C. Site visit 27th September 1996. Site marked by nine posts.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 20/01/1978, SX68SE91 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV278534.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Hut circle visible.


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, 23 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

Hut circle within a rectangular enclosure. An earthwork hut circle with only fragments of the inner stone wall surviving. The interior diameter is between 5.7 and 6.3 metres and the walls are up to 3.0 metres thick and 0.45 metres high. A cairn recorded 4.5 metres south-east of the hut circle in the 1990s looks to be a natural earthfast boulder that has accumulated some additional stone.


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. 144161.
SDV278534Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 20/01/1978. SX68SE91. 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.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV351708Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital.
SDV351778Cartographic: Fugro-BKS. 2013. Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97892 ]
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 23.
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.
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)

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:Jun 4 2014 2:12PM