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HER Number:MDV79750
Name:Hut circle within circular enclosure on south of Yartor Down

Summary

A hut circle built within a concentric, approximately circular, enclosure, both comprising stone and turf covered banks. The inner circle, which forms the hut, measures 8.4 metres diameter, with walls 2.2 metres thick standing to a maximum of 0.4 metres high. The interior is level but contains a pit measuring 1.4 metres long, 0.7 metres wide and 0.4 metres deep, there is no definable entrance to the inner circle. The hut circle and enclosure are built into a moderate slope and incorporated into a rectangular enclosure of 0.7 hectares, which is itself attached to a reave.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 681 726
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 443219
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1980, Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments (Report - Survey). SDV315817.

Ordnance Survey survey drawing in parish file shows settlement here: one large ?hut at SX68127268 and a cluster of small huts with fragments of walling at SX681725.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX67SE124 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV298165.

The Type 2 hut at SX68117268 lies within an almost concentric yard or annexe. The level interior of the hut measures 8.1 meters. In diameter with double walling is now 2.0 meters wide and 0.7 meters high for both hut and yard, though part of this walling turf-covered.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 121 (Monograph). SDV299725.

7.5 meter hut circle set within an unusual small circular pound, with no apparent entrance (see PRN 26341). Other details: Map 12, 2.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Part of Dartmeet coaxial field system (Northern Part) which was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 43.


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


Newman, P., 2008, English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report (Report - Survey). SDV347029.

Four hut circles and associated enclosures on the south-east slope of Vag Hill, 280 meters north-west of Rowbrook. The enclosures have been attached to elements of the Dartmeet Parallel Reave System (see 6030) and probably post-date the reaves. The enclosure walls comprise stony, turf-covered banks with some upright stones remaining in situ. Several pillow mounds survive in the vicinity, including one built into one of the prehistoric enclosure walls. Sections of the reave and other prehistoric walls in the vicinity have also been refurbished with stone facings and re-enforcing of the earth banks.
Hut 1 SX68117267. A hut circle built within a concentric, approximately circular, enclosure, both comprising stone and turf covered banks. The enclosure has a maximum diameter of 17.5 meters, and the walls are spread to 3.0 meters thick and stand to 0.8 meters high, the interior is uneven and there is no visible entrance. The inner circle, which forms the hut, measures 8.4 meters diameter, with walls 2.2 meters thick standing to a maximum of 0.4 meters high. The interior is level but contains a pit measuring 1.4 meters long, 0.7 meters wide and 0.4 meters deep, there is no definable entrance to the inner circle. The hut circle and enclosure are built into a moderate slope and incorporated into a rectangular enclosure of 0.7 hectares, which is itself attached to a reave.


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, DAR-SPK21 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 27/03/2019 90% gorse and bracken cover noted. This site is getting close to the point where it will not be possible to find it! No sign of other forms of disturbance – cannot get in there! Photo taken


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, DAR-SPK21 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Visited 27/03/2019 photo looking east south east showing extent of gorse cover

Sources / Further Reading

SDV298165Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX67SE124. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 121.
SDV315817Report - Survey: Ordnance Survey. 1980. Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey 1:2500 Plan. Unknown.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #116740 ]
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV347029Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2008. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. DAR-SPK21.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. DAR-SPK21.

Associated Monuments

MDV6030Part of: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV26341Part of: Enclosure in Dartmeet parallel reave system (Monument)
MDV125404Related to: Vermin trap on Vag Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 21 2019 11:38AM