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HER Number:MDV6584
Name:Hut Circle, Lowton West, Fernworthy Forest

Summary

Remains of hut circle surviving as a circular earthwork stepped into the hillside with displaced stones lying randomly around the circumference, none of which are in situ. The internal diameter is is approximately 6.5 metres. The hut is associated with a vestigial wall running south-west to north-east which is part of the contemporary field system. Part of the Lowton West hut circle settlement.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 663 829
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144121
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/28
  • Old SAM County Ref: 957J
  • Old SAM Ref: 28671

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, West Lowton, 11B.
Site visit 1976. Hut circle, 6.4 metres diameter. Hut circle on a platform site, cut into an east facing slope. Stone wall 1.4 metres thick. Part of the wall has fallen away on east and north sides. The highest stone stands 0.9 metres above the ground. Not investigated, has been planted over.
January 1976: Eight posts ringing clearance zone. All agreements carried out.
Not included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report.


Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association, 1976, Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party, 2 (Report - non-specific). SDV248248.

Fernworthy Plantation, West Lowton, 11B


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

Department of Environment Field Monument Warden site visit 11th July and 16th December 1983.


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

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


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

Fernworthy Plantation, West Lowton, 11B. Site visit 27th May 1992. Hut circle on a platform site cut into east facing slope, just above footpath. Site marked. Stability: good. Recommendations: Continue to manage vegetation, currently mechanically controlled and grazed.
Photo shows the remains of the hut circle, comprising a ring of stones in grassland.


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

Fernworthy Plantation, West Lowton, 11B. Site visit: 27th September 1996. Marker post.


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, 28, Fig. 20 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

Hut circle, part of the Lowton West settlement. Hut survives as a circular earthwork stepped into the hillside with displaced stones lying randomly around the circumference, none of which are in situ. The internal diameter is is approximately 6.5 metres. The hut is associated with a vestigial wall running south-west to north-east which is part of the contemporary field system.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV248248Report - non-specific: Dartmoor National Park Authority + Forestry Commission + Dartmoor Preservation Association. 1976. Conservation of Ancient Monuments. The Report of a Working Party. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. A4 Bound. 2.
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: #97985 ]
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 28, Fig. 20.
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV104672Part of: Lowton West Settlement, Fernworthy Forest (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:Nov 10 2015 1:16PM