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HER Number:MDV8174
Name:Hut circle south of enclosure on Horridge Common

Summary

One of two Bronze Age hut circles on Horridge Common with an enclosure between them. Attached to the south side of a cross reave. The hut is has a diameter of 4.8 metres and the walls include some large boulders but it has suffered much at the hands of the modern wall builders when most of the masonry on the north-eastern arc of the wall was removed. This site was excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1897, when pottery, flint and slate artefacts were retrieved, though the work here was never completed. Surveyed at 1:200 scale May 2015.

Location

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

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 152303
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SE/2/2
  • 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.

Second of two Bronze Age hut circles on Horridge Common with an enclosure 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., 152303 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit April 1999. Stone hut circle within coaxial fields on Halsanger Common. Diameter 4.9 metres. Double orthostat wall 1.2 metres wide, 1.2 metres high. A 130 degree gap may represent a doorway. Grass and bracken.


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 clearly visible on the 2010 aerial photography.


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

One of two hut circles excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1886. As a result the floor has been lowered. 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 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Hut circle south of enclosure on Halsanger Common. Attached to the south side of a cross reave. The hut is has a diameter of 4.8m and the walls include some large boulders but it has suffered much at the hands of the modern wall builders when most of the masonry on the NE arc of the wall was removed. This site was excavated by the DEC in 1897, when pottery, flint and slate artefacts were retrieved, though the work here was never completed. Surveyed at 1:200 scale May 2015 (Fig 29). Condition is stable. Evidence of antiquarian investigation. SX75046 74805

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. 152303.
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: #108169 ]
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV8172Part of: Enclosure on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV8173Related to: Hut circle north of enclosure on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV103648Related to: Large field system centred on Halshanger Common (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5934 - SHERD (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:Jun 4 2019 11:07AM