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HER Number:MDV6567
Name:Hut Circle at Assycombe to east of trackway

Summary

Very little stonework remains in this hut circle which basically survives as a circular earthwork bank. A breach on the south-east side is likely to have been the entrance.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 659 826
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144159
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/17
  • Old SAM Ref: 28655
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68SE1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Hut Circle marked.


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

Fernworthy Plantation. Assacombe 5C.
Hut Circle, 6 metres diameter. Very ruined with very low stone wall. Not investigated. Has been planted over.
February 1976. Two trees growing in wall. Eight posts ringing clearance zone, 9 trees standing inside. Trees outside post ring are within falling distance of hut.
Included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report (A) Region south of the Teign (Assacombe and Lowton), Site No. 14.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1976-78, SX68SE1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV278477.


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

Trees removed from inside the clearance zone.


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

Not visible on 1946 RAF photos due to tree cover.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 144159 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 29th April 1997. Hut circle forming part of settlement at Assycombe. Diameter 6 metres, rubble bank wall 1.4 metres wide, 0.5 metres high. Internal area 28.26 square metres.


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

Fernworthy. Assycombe 5C.
Site visit 27th May 1992. Hut circle adjacent to track. Condition stable Present ground cover grass and gorse. Vegetation managed. No trees within makred out area. Suggested that management regime be continued. Photo.


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

Fernworthy. Assycombe Group 5C.
Site visit 27th September 1996. Site marked by eight posts, all of which are falling over and need to be consolidated.


Newman, P., 2013, Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey, 22 (Un-published). SDV351708.

This hut is likely to have been one that weas investigated by Burnard and Baring Gould and which Burnard describes in his notes as having a trackline to west and east, that is the vestiges of enclosure walls that are attached to the hut. The hut survives today basically as a circular earthwork bank with little stonework remaining. The interior diameter is approximately 6.8 metres and the bank is up to 2.8 metres wide and 0.4 metres high. A breach in the bank on the south-east side is likely to have been the entrance. Rotten stumps and roots from two trees that were felled sometime ago provide evidence of the lack of concern for these monuments at the time the plantation was created.


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


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. 144159.
SDV278477Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1976-78. SX68SE1. 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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV351708Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital. 22.
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4.
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: #97902 ]
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:May 22 2014 11:48AM