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HER Number:MDV79067
Name:Hut circle in enclosure 'B' north-west of Dry Lake, Harford


One of three hut circles built on the perimeter wall of Enclosure 'B' (Butler) to north-west of Dry Lake gulley on Harford Moor. This impressive circle is particularly well-preserved.


Grid Reference:SX 638 637
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Group of Bronze Age hut circle settlements west of Quickbeam Hill, adjacent to the River Erme, consisting of three sets of enclosures, two conjoined, with over ten associated hut circles

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Hut circle shown on 19th century map.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 53-55, Map 54, Figure 54.14 (Monograph). SDV337765.

One of two hut circles built into the western perimeter wall of the conjoined enclosure north-west of Dry Lake. This hut circle (9) is very well-preserved (measuring 8.0 meters in diameter) and has impressive walls, the top of which is still compact. The inner face of this walls shows vertical slabs alternating with coursed stonework. This circle has a south-south-east facing entrance into the main body of the enclosure. Other details: Map 54, 13.

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

Hut circle shown on modern mapping.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

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

Hut circle surveyed.

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

One of three hut circles built into the walls of a conjoined enclosure (MDV4291) on the moderate eastern slope of the River Erme to the north of Dry Lake. This large, robust hut of 8 metres internal diameter, which is terraced into the slope and embanked on the south-west side, has several patches of intact wall facings on both the interior and exterior walls, comprising coursed granite blocks built up to over 0.5 metres. The walls were 1.5 metres – 2 metres thick. Other sections of the wall survives as a spread, turf-covered stony bank. A clear entrance on the south-south-east arc of the wall has two parallel, upright slabs in situ forming a door opening, though this area is covered by much tumbled stone. Some disturbance to the exterior of the hut has occurred on the south-west embankment.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 53-55, Map 54, Figure 54.14.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #123746 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV4291Part of: Enclosure 'B' with hut circles 230 meters north-west of Dry Lake, Harford (Monument)
MDV79068Related to: Hut circle in enclosure 'B' north-west of Dry Lake, Harford (Monument)
MDV79066Related to: Hut circle in enclosure 'B' north-west of Dry Lake, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 17 2020 2:46PM