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Enclosure and stone hut circle 320m north-east of Sharpitor forming part of a stone hut circle settlement

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Enclosure and stone hut circle 320m north-east of Sharpitor forming part of a stone hut circle settlement

List entry Number: 1007434

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Walkhampton

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 08-Nov-1993

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 22271

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Dartmoor is the largest expanse of open moorland in southern Britain and, because of exceptional conditions of preservation, it is also one of the most complete examples of an upland relict landscape in the whole country. The great wealth and diversity of archaeological remains provide direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the early prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains, gives significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. Stone hut circles and hut settlements were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers on Dartmoor. They mostly date from the Bronze Age, with the earliest examples on the Moor in this building tradition dating to about 1700 BC. The stone-based round houses consist of low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; remains of the turf or thatch roof are not preserved. The huts may occur singly or in small or large groups and may lie in the open or be enclosed by a bank of earth and stone. Although they are common on the Moor, their longevity and their relationship with other monument types provide important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming practices amongst prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

The stone hut circle settlements on the slopes of Sharpitor survive comparatively well and will contain archaeological structures, features and deposits as well as environmental evidence, all of which will provide an insight into agricultural practice on the western side of the Moor.

History

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Details

This monument includes an oval enclosure containing a single stone hut circle and is situated on a gentle north-east facing slope of Sharpitor overlooking the valley of the River Meavy. The interior of the enclosure measures 26m north-west to south-east by 20m north-east to south-west and is defined by a rubble wall averaging 1m wide and 0.3m high. The stone hut circle is built across the western line of the enclosure boundary and is composed of a stone and earth wall 1.2m wide and 0.7m high defining an internal area measuring 3.4m in diameter. The doorway faces south-east and is clearly defined by recumbent slabs.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX57SE28,
Gibson, A, Single Monument Class Description - Stone Hut Circles, (1987)

National Grid Reference: SX 56126 70604

Map

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