MSO11366 - Disputed prehistoric hut circle on Stoke Ridge (Non-antiquity)


An earthwork, previously thought to be a prehistoric hut circle, is now thought to be the result of recent disturbance.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Small irregular sub-circular feature with entrance on east side and defined by bank c. 0.5 metres high. Complex of low mounds to west. Internal dimensions 7 paces by 5 paces. [1] SS 881429. A low irregular bank 0.5 metres high, forming a sub-circular feature with a well defined entrance was recorded by McDonnell on Stoke Ridge in 1981. The diameter varies between 7.0 metres and 5.0 metres internally. A small complex of low mounds and shallow hollows seems to be attached to the west side. [2] This small sub-circular and rather ragged enclosure lies on a southeast facing slope in open moorland at 368 metres Ordnance Datum. The interior, levelled into the gentle slope, measures c. 5.2 metres by 4.5 metres. The enclosing bank of soil and small stones is about 1.2 metres wide and is, on the uphill side, 0.4 metres high internallyand 0.1 to 0.2 metres high externally, the gap on the south east side is 3.3 metres wide. A cirvilinear bank of similar proportions attached to the southwest side may be an annexe although the surrounding ground has been heavily distrubed and this accounts for the "mounds" noted by McDonnell. It is almost certainly a building stance and may be a hut although its origin and date are by no means clear. It is visible on Ordnance Survey aerial photographs. [3,4] At SS 8808 4294 (grid reference confirmed by GPS survey) is a sub-circular embanked area defined by an earth and stone bank 2.1 metres wide, with a sharp inner face. A small dump of material is visible on the southwest side of the enclosure. The ragged appearance of the feature suggests recent disturbance, and it appears unlikely to have been a prehistoric hut circle. [5]

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography.
  • <2> Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Volume 126 (1983), 64.
  • <3> Unpublished document: Fletcher, M.J.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 10 March 1987.
  • <4> Serial: Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. 1851-. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Ordnance Survey, 73 109 850 (29 April 1973).
  • <5> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 27 January 1997.



Grid reference SS 8807 4294 (point) (GPS derived)
Map sheet SS84SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7341
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE26
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 36034
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33722

Record last edited

Dec 15 2014 1:19PM


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