Stone hut circle 625m south-east of Siblyback Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009836

Date first listed: 08-Apr-1992


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: St. Cleer

National Grid Reference: SX 24027 72277


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Reasons for Designation

Bodmin Moor, the largest of the Cornish granite uplands, has long been recognised to have exceptional preservation of archaeological remains. The Moor has been the subject of detailed archaeological survey and is one of the best recorded upland landscapes in England. The extensive relict landscapes of prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval date provide direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the earliest prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, field systems, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains provides significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. Stone hut circles were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers on the Moor, mostly dating from the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). The stone-based round houses survive as low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; remains of a turf or thatch roof are not preserved. The huts occur singly or in small or large groups and may occur in the open or be enclosed by a bank of earth and stone. Although they are common on the Moor, their longevity of use and their relationship with other monument types provides important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming practices among prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

This stone hut circle on Craddock Moor has survived reasonably well and has not been excavated. It shows no evidence for disturbance and will retain its original sub-surface features besides the visible evidence for its wall construction. It is situated at the edge of an extensive, broadly contemporary, hut circle settlement and field system, demonstrating well the farming practices and settlement organisation during the Bronze Age.


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The monument includes a single stone hut circle in a dispersed hut circle settlement, near a fragmentary Prehistoric field system on the western edge of Craddock Moor on Bodmin Moor. The hut circle survives with a stone rubble wall, 1.5m wide and 0.4m high, around a circular levelled internal area 7.5m in diameter. The wall is largely turf-covered but a single edge-set facing slab, 0.6m high, is exposed against its inner face on its north side. The wall dips at the western side, possibly marking the site of the original entrance. This hut circle is the southernmost of at least 27 hut circles spaced 25m to 50m apart over 6 hectares of the hillside to the north, among the remains of a Prehistoric field system that was later disrupted by medieval and modern cultivation. None of the Prehistoric field boundaries extend to this hut circle.

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.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 15080

Legacy System: RSM


consulted 1992, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1362,
consulted 4/1992, Carter, A./RCHME, 1:2500 AP transcription, SX 2472,
consulted 6/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1252.06,

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