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HER Number:MDV6570
Name:Hut Circle 133 metres south of Assycombe Stone Row

Summary

One of three Bronze Age hut circles terraced into the hillside on the right bank of the Assycombe Brook. The hut has been extensively robbed of stone and survives as a 6.4 metre diameter circular earthwork stepped into the terrace. A breach in the bank on the south-east side probably represents the entrance. All three hut circles have suffered disturbance by forestry activity.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 660 824
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144154
  • National Monuments Record: SX68SE6
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/20
  • Old SAM County Ref: 959B
  • Old SAM Ref: 28655
  • Pastscape: 443784

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Department of Environment, 07/05/1975, Hut Circles E of Assycombe Brook (Schedule Document). SDV357774.

Hut b. A smaller hut, partly overgrown, to north-east of hut a.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1978, SX68SE6 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV276166.


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

Fernworthy Plantation. Assacombe 9C. Hut circle, 5.1 metres diameter. On a platform site cut into a west facing slope. Largest stone has fallen away. Not intestigated. Has been planted over.
February 1976. One tree growing inside, five trees growing in the walls. 16 posts ringing clearance zone enclosing 9C and 10C. Trees standing within. Trees outside post ring are within falling distance of 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.

Sites 9C and 10C are still covered with fallen trees and debris.


Robinson, R., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV345762.

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visit on 24th June 1983.


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

Not visible on 1946 RAF aerial photos due to tree cover.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 144154 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 29th April 1997. Hut circle forming part of settlement at Assycombe. 6.0 metres diameter. Wall 1.8 metres wide, 0.5 metres high. Internal area 28.26 square metres. A south-south-east facing gap may represent a doorway.


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

Fernworthy. Assycombe. 9C/10C. Site visit 27th May 1992. Hut circles adjacent to one another in a clearing on a west facing slope. Site marked. No trees within marked out area. Suggested that present 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 9C/10C. Site visit 27th September 1996. Site marked.


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, Fig. 19 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

[One of a] group of three huts 130 metres south of the Assacombe stone row. The hut has been extensively robbed of stone and survives as a 6.4 metre diameter circular earthwork stepped into the terrace. A breach in the bank on the south-east side probably represents the entrance.


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.


National Monument Record, 2014, Pastscape, 443784 (Website). SDV355682.

[One of] three Bronze Age hut circles on the right bank of the Assycombe Brook. All have suffered disturbance by forestry activity. They are well-built from upright slabs and boulders and are terraced into the hillside. Entrances are in the southern quadrant. NMR No. SX68SE6. Record last updated: N/A.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV276166Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1978. SX68SE6. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 144154.
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.
SDV345762Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV351708Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital.
SDV351778Cartographic: Fugro-BKS. 2013. Fernworthy Forest LiDAR survey. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97912 ]
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 23, Fig. 19.
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.
SDV355682Website: National Monument Record. 2014. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 443784.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV357774Schedule Document: Department of Environment. 07/05/1975. Hut Circles E of Assycombe Brook. Ancient Monuments Record Form. Photocopy.

Associated Monuments

MDV14807Part of: Assycombe Brook Settlement (Monument)
MDV6602Related to: Hut Circle 136 metres south of Assycombe Stone Row (Monument)
MDV6573Related to: Hut Circle 148 metres south-west of Assycombe Stone Row (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:Jan 28 2015 3:32PM