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HER Number:MDV8173
Name:Hut circle north of enclosure on Halshanger Common

Summary

One of two Bronze Age hut circles with a pound between them, adjacent to the newtake wall, dividing Halshanger and Horridge Commons. An 8 metre diameter hut circle, terraced into the slope, with a substantial scarp on the north side, exaggerated as a result of the excavations in the 1890s, when the interior was removed. Many stones of the wall survive in situ in this hut and the interior. Surveyed at 1:200 scale May 2015.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 750 748
Map Sheet:SX77SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 152302
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SE/2/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 930
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX77SE3
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1897, Fourth Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 156 (Article in Serial). SDV337081.

Small group of huts lying close to the corner of newtake wall separating Horridge and Halsanger Common. Two huts only examined. Hut 1 yielded traces of charcoal from the floor, which was unusually deep; two broken grit rubber stones; one flint flake used as a knife or scraper; a flint spall; 2 or 3 pieces of grey slate; portions of a blue slate disc with edges ground down. Very large stones in this circle. Hut 2; large with stones of considerable size. No charcoal but fragments of red pottery found.


Burnard, R., 1906, Early Man, 628 (Article in Serial). SDV322231.


Fox, A., 1954, Celtic Fields and Farms on Dartmoor in Light of Recent Excavations at Kestor, 87 (Article in Serial). SDV231175.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960, SX77SE3 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV315165.

One of two hut circles with a pound between them.


Gawne, E. + Somers Cockes, J. V., 1968, Parallel Reaves of Dartmoor, 286-7 (Article in Serial). SDV345858.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 152302 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit April 1999. Stone hut circle within coaxial fields on Halsanger Common. Diameter 8 metres. Double orthostat wall 2 metres wide, 1.35 metres high. A 182 degree gap represents a doorway. Vegetation: grass and bracken; a tree has fallen into the building.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 40, Fig. 5.1 (Monograph). SDV299725.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Hut circle is very clearly visible on the aerial photography at this location.


Newman, P., 2013, An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon, 7, Table 1 (Report - Assessment). SDV356396.

One of seventeen recorded hut circles on Halsanger and Horridge Commons. Excavated in 1886 by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee which has lowered its floor level. Finds included pottery and stone and flint artefacts. Condition stable.


Newman, P., 2013, Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed (Report - Survey). SDV351113.


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Hut circle is depicted on the modern mapping.


English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

Part of the Rippon Tor coaxial field system.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 50, (Fig 29) (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Hut circle north of enclosure on Halshanger Common
An 8 metre diameter hut circle, terraced into the slope, with a substantial scarp on the north side, exaggerated as a result of the excavations in the 1890s, when the interior was removed. Many stones of the wall survive in situ in this hut and the interior. Surveyed at 1:200 scale May 2015. Condition is Stable. Evidence of antiquarian investigation. SX75046 74845

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231175Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1954. Celtic Fields and Farms on Dartmoor in Light of Recent Excavations at Kestor. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 20. Unknown. 87.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 152302.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 40, Fig. 5.1.
SDV315165Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960. SX77SE3. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV322231Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1906. Early Man. Victoria History of the County of Devon. 1. A4 Hardback. 628.
SDV337081Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1897. Fourth Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 29. A5 Hardback. 156.
SDV345858Article in Serial: Gawne, E. + Somers Cockes, J. V.. 1968. Parallel Reaves of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 100. A5 Hardback. 286-7.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108167 ]
SDV351113Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2013. Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed. Digital.
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV356396Report - Assessment: Newman, P.. 2013. An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon. SW Landscape Investigations Report. A4 Bound + Digital. 7, Table 1.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 50, (Fig 29).

Associated Monuments

MDV8172Part of: Enclosure on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV8174Related to: Hut circle south of enclosure on Horridge Common (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5933 - DISC (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)
  • FDV5932 - FLAKE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC?)
  • FDV5931 - POLISHER (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Events

  • EDV6433 - Assessment of Halsanger Common, Horridge Common and Rippon Tor
  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 18 2016 4:13PM