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HER Number:MDV6589
Name:Hut Circle 755 metres south-west of Metherall

Summary

Remains of a hut circle comprising an irregular circle of rthostatic slabs with an internal diameter of up to 7.0 metres. The south-east quadrant of the wall is missing and a shallow scarp marks the former position of the wall. Part of the East Lowton settlement.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 665 836
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144188
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/179
  • Old SAM Ref: 28678
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68SE44D

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1952-1978, SX68SE44A (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV277863.

Site visit 2nd September 1952. Hut D. One of a group of four hut circles. Clearly visible.


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

Fernworthy Plantation. East Lowton 4A. Hut circle on a flat ridge on a west facing slope. 9.0 metres diameter. Wall constructed of a single ring of large stones but the hut has been damaged on the eastern side. One entrance porch stone on this side is still in place, however. Not investigated, has been planted over.
January 1976. 13 posts ring clearance zone, enclosing sites 3A and 4A.
Included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report 9A) Region South of the Teign (Assacombe and Lowton) Site No. 19.


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

No work has been carried out on this group of sites since 1976.


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., 144188 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

site visit 30th April 1997. Hut circle forming part of partially enclosed settlement. Diameter 6.7 metres. Single orthostat wall 0.8 metres wide, 1.4 metres high. Internal area 35.23 square metres. Door east-north-east and is indicated by an edge set stone sitting beyond the ring of orthostats.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 156, Map 35.2 (Monograph). SDV219155.


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

Fernworthy. East Lowton Group 3A/4A. Site visit 27th May 1992. Hut circles on a platform close to track. Site marked. Site managed. Also grazed by sheep. Suggested that current management regime be maintained. Photo.


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

Fernworthy. East Lowton Group 3A/4A. Site visit 27th September 1996. Only one post marks both sites. More posts are needed. 4A is covered in fern which needs to be strimmed. It also does not have a 20 foot clearance area. Photo.


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

Hut circle visible.


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


Newman , P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon, 34, Figs 24, 28 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

An irregular circle of orthostatic slabs with an internal diameter of up to 7.0 metres. The south-east quadrant of the wall is missing and a shallow scarp marks the former position of the wall.


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

Marked as a Cairn Circle.


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

[Part of a] partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement 780m south west of Metherall.
The monument includes an enclosure and four stone hut circles situated on a north facing slope overlooking Fernworthy Reservoir. The enclosure includes an area measuring up to 120m long north east to south west by 60m wide, defined by a 1.8m wide and 0.7m high orthostatic and rubble bank which is double faced in places. A second length of walling leads off from the south eastern side of the main enclosure. The stone hut circles within the settlement all survive as banks each surrounding an internal circular area which varies from 16.6 to 73.86 square metres with the average being 42.76 square metres. The height of the surrounding walls vary between 0.65 and 1.45m, with the average being 1.1m. Two of the huts have visible doorways, one has a bench, all of them are of orthostatic construction and one has a length of boundary wall leading from it. The surface of the forestry track leading through the monument is excluded, although the ground beneath is included.
Despite afforestation, the partially enclosed stone hut circle settlement 780m south west of Metherall survives well and contains archaeological structures, features and deposits relating to later prehistoric settlement in the area of the moor. One of the stone hut circles is particularly well preserved and forms an obvious visual amenity in this part of the forest.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 156, Map 35.2.
SDV277863Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1952-1978. SX68SE44A. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Photocopy.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 144188.
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. [Mapped feature: #97996 ]
SDV351708Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital.
SDV351784Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 34, Figs 24, 28.
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.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV107002Part of: East Lowton Hut Circle Settlement (Monument)
MDV6601Related to: Enclosure to south of Fernworthy Reservoir, 745 metres south-west of Metherall (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 2:47PM