Stone hut circle 440m WSW of Tresellern Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1011867

Date first listed: 13-Jan-1993


Ordnance survey map of Stone hut circle 440m WSW of Tresellern Farm
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)

Parish: North Hill

National Grid Reference: SX 23204 76748


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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 hut circle near Tresellern Farm has survived well and displays clear details of its construction. Its proximity to other broadly contemporary hut circles and cairns demonstrates well the nature of settlement and the organisation of land use during the Bronze Age.


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The monument includes a stone hut circle situated on the south-west flank of a broad spur projecting south-east from East Moor on eastern Bodmin Moor. The monument is situated near other broadly contemporary settlement sites and funerary monuments on and around the spur. The hut circle survives as a circular wall of heaped rubble, up to 1.75m wide and 0.6m high, around a level internal area 4m in diameter. The hut circle wall incorporates occasional inner and outer facing slabs, up to 0.7m high, and has an entrance gap 0.9m wide facing south-west. This is marked on its southern side by a small end-set slab or orthostat, 0.5m high, and on its western side by an outer facing slab set across the wall line.

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: 15183

Legacy System: RSM


consulted 2/1992, Carter, A (RCHME), 1:2500 AP transcription for SX 2376,
consulted 2/1992, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1079,

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