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HER Number:MDV7011
Name:Hut circle 74 metres north-east of Shilstone Tor, Throwleigh


Isolated hut circle of 10.2 metres diameter with walls 1.4 metres wide by 1.3 metres high on the west side of the road 74 metres to the north-east of Shilstone Tor


Grid Reference:SX 659 902
Map Sheet:SX69SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishThrowleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTHROWLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SE/58
  • Old SAM County Ref: 778
  • Old SAM Ref: 28716

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ormerod, G. W., 1864, On the Hut Circles on the Eastern Side of Dartmoor, 300 (Article in Serial). SDV304174.

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

'Hut Circle' shown on 19th century map.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2082, 3385 (Aerial Photograph). SDV295065.

Ancient Monuments, 1970, Schedule information (Schedule Document). SDV276736.

18/3/1970 Hut I. South of the main group of huts, scheduled with 11 other huts c. 400 metres to the north. Ormerod reports four hut circles that can be seen near Shellstone Tor and several more that have been destroyed. Inside diameters approximately 10 metres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX69SE16 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV238324.

SX65929022. An isolated hut circle, internal diameter 11.0 metres with double slab walling up to 1.0 metre high and a probable entrance gap on the south-east. It is built into an east-facing hill slope. Condition good. Evidence for an associated field system could not be determined due to dense bracken growth.

Weston, S., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV343247.

Visited sometime in this year.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Visible on 1947 aerial photography and recorded on map overlay.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 149022, 10/4/1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Hut circle 120 metres north-west of Higher Shilstone (at SX65919022).
Diameter 10.2 metres. Single orthostat wall 1.4 metres wide, 1.3 metres high. Internal area 81.67 metres. Formed by huge orthostats. Dense bracken cover.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 196-198 Map 39, Figure 39.1 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Hut Circle '18' of 11.0 metres diameter seems always to have been isolated from the rest of the settlement on Thorwleigh Common.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Hut circle shown on survey.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

'Hut Circle' is depicted on the modern mapping.

Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England, 1018917 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

The monument includes a stone hut circle lying on a west facing slope of Throwleigh Common overlooking the valley of the Forder Brook. The stone hut circle survives as a 10.2 metres diameter internal area surrounded by a 1.4 metres wide and 1.3 metres high single orthostatic wall.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2017, Site visits to Throwleigh Common (Personal Comment). SDV360253.

Site visited on 4/07/2017. Site plotted using GPS mapping device. Not as densely vegetated as surrounding area. Centre of hut circle easily visible.

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. 196-198 Map 39, Figure 39.1.
SDV238324Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX69SE16. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV276736Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1970. Schedule information. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 149022, 10/4/1997.
SDV295065Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2082. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3385.
SDV304174Article in Serial: Ormerod, G. W.. 1864. On the Hut Circles on the Eastern Side of Dartmoor. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 20. Unknown. 300.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. 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).
SDV343247Un-published: Weston, S.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Unknown.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #99313 ]
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1018917.
SDV360253Personal Comment: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2017. Site visits to Throwleigh Common. Field Investigation. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV6971Related to: Settlement on Throwleigh Common, Throwleigh (Monument)
MDV27495Related to: Throwleigh Common parallel reave system (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 8 2023 4:59PM