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HER Number:MDV79814
Name:Hut circle on Yartor Down, 715 meters north-west of Rowbrook


One of seven hut circles on south Yartor Down, around 450 meters north of the River Dart. Part of the Dartmeet parallel reave system, these huts are associated with fields and enclosures which have been overlaid by later boundaries. This hut lies on the edge of an enclosure and measures approximately 6.0 meters in diameter.


Grid Reference:SX 676 726
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
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: 442998
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 122 (Monograph). SDV299725.

This hut measures 6.5 meters in diameter and is centred within several fields across a wider strip open to the river downhill. The interior is visibly levelled into the hillside with the entrance obscured by fallen slabs. Other details: Map 13, 4.

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.

Hut circle on south Yartor Down, situated within the Dartmeet parallel reave system on boundary linking two possible enclosures.

Newman, P., 2008, Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project (Report - Survey). SDV347061.

Hut circle at SX67687263 is visible as a stony turf ring built into a slight slope and located on the south exterior of a small enclosure, with the wall of a second enclosure meeting the hut on the south side. It has a level interior with no definable entrance with some vestiges of an internal facing surviving. This hut measures 6.1 meters internal diameter, with walls 1.6 meters wide and 0.6m high.

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

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

Visited 03/01/2019. Hut recorded at SX67686 72644. Although dense, impenetrable gorse covers much of the lower, western slopes of Vag Hill, this hut is almost clear of vegetation. The enclosure to the north has significant gorse cover but the south wall is in fair condition. The walls od the enclosure to the south of the hut are good.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 122.
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: #106614 ]
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV347061Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2008. Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6030Part of: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV6486Part of: Group of hut circles and enclosures on south Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV79817Related to: Hut circle on Yartor Down, 500 metres north-west of Rowbrook (Monument)
MDV79818Related to: Hut circle on Yartor Down, 509 meters north-west of Rowbrook (Monument)
MDV79815Related to: Hut circle on Yartor Down, 600 metres north-west of Rowbrook (Monument)
MDV79816Related to: Hut circle on Yartor Down, 600 metres north-west of Rowbrook (Monument)
MDV79821Related to: Hut circle on Yartor Down, 617 metres north-west of Rowbrook (Monument)
MDV79813Related to: Hut circle on Yartor Down, 750 meters north-west of Rowbrook (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 25 2019 4:24PM