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HER Number:MDV79059
Name:Hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford

Summary

Rather elongated hut circle with associated fragments of enclosure in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley. Surveyed in 2019, condition good.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 638 641
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1977, SX66SW8 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV156567.

A sub-rectangular yard (feature J) is located at SX63896415. It has turf-covered walling of small stones and a possible south-facing entrance. Measures internally 6.0 meters by 2.5 meters. (1950)

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 58 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Hut circle 2 is rather elongated and appears to be associated with the fragments of enclosure adjacent to hut circle 1. This circle is small, with a south-facing entrance. Other details: Map 54, 16.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Rectangular feature shown on modern mapping.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1, Figure 16 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A large possible hut circle on the moderate west-facing slope of Erme Plains, 180 metres east of the River Erme. One of a group of eight huts forming an unenclosed settlement (MDV4324). The possible hut comprises an open-ended elliptical bank with internal dimensions of 7.1 metres by 2.8 metres by 0.6 metres high, which could represent a disturbed hut circle, though this outline is not usual.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(Visited 10/02/2019) Some patches of reed/grass have accumulated where water pools in the interior of the houses and in the exterior ‘drip gullies’ and moss is growing over the stones of the walls. Overall condition good.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Site photographed during condition survey (10/02/2019).

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1002607 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

The monument includes an unenclosed stone hut circle settlement situated on the lower western slopes of Quickbeam Hill to the east of the River Erme. The settlement survives as up to eight stone hut circles with a single orthostatic and rubble built wall connecting two of the huts. The stone hut circles are substantially built from coursed stone and orthostats standing up to 0.9 metres high and vary in size internally from 7 metres to 9 metres in diameter. Two of the huts are apparently incomplete, surviving as partial arcs of walling and one of these has an interior dividing wall. Where entrances are visible they are south facing.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV156567Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1977. SX66SW8. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 58.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #118487 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1002607.

Associated Monuments

MDV4324Part of: Hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV79060Related to: Fragments of an enclosure in settlement in Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV4325Related to: Hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV4326Related to: Hut circle in prehistoric unenclosed hut circle settlement in the Erme Valley, Harford (Monument)
MDV4246Related to: Hut circle in settlement in the Erme Valley (Monument)
MDV4327Related to: Hut circle in settlement in the Erme Valley (Monument)
MDV4330Related to: Hut circle in settlement in the Erme Valley (Monument)
MDV19972Related to: Partial hut circle in settlement in the Erme Valley (Monument)
MDV4329Related to: Partial hut circle in settlement in the Erme Valley (Monument)
MDV4328Related to: Possible hut circle in settlement in the Erme Valley (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 10 2020 3:35PM