MSO7945 - Hut Circle, Porlock Common (Monument)


A prehistoric hut circle, visible as an earthwork enclosure measuring 10.8m in diameter. It is defined by earthen banks 3m wide and 0.4m high and has an entrance on its north-west side.

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The remains of a prehistoric hut circle are visible at SS 8446 4431. It consists of a sub-circular platform 10.8 metres in diameter, cut into the hillside by 0.4 metres and defined by an earthen bank 3 metres wide and 0.4 metres high, which is continuous except where it has been damaged on the southern side; also an entrance, 3.8 metres wide, is visible on the north-western side. Surveyed with GPS, August 1996. [1] The site was subject to magnetometry and resistivity survey in April 2013. The magnetometry survey was dominated by iron / shrapnel and gave no convincing structural evidence for the platform. The resistivity survey also failed to provide evidence for a stone component to the earthwork, an internal stone structure or any ditches or gullies. This may indicate that this earthwork marked a small enclosure or activity area. [2] This was surveyed during a measured field survey undertaken as part of the Dig Porlock project, run by the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership Scheme. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Wilson-North, R.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation.
  • <2> Report: Gillings, M & Taylor, J. 2013. Porlock Allotment, Exmoor: Geophysical Survey. 3-5, 10.
  • <3> Report: Riley, H.. 2013. Dig Porlock: Earthwork surveys on Porlock Allotment. 3, 9, 14.



Grid reference Centred SS 8446 4430 (12m by 12m)
Map sheet SS84SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10199
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SW142
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 1072389
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 15647

Record last edited

Nov 13 2013 2:00PM


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