Stone hut circle north of Hentor Brook

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1012083
Date first listed:
05-Dec-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of Stone hut circle north of Hentor Brook
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Location

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

County:
Devon
District:
South Hams (District Authority)
Parish:
Shaugh Prior
National Park:
DARTMOOR
National Grid Reference:
SX 58993 65164

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. This hut circle, north of Hentor Brook, is a well-preserved example and, with other occupation sites nearby, it provides important evidence of how early farming and stock-rearing communities lived on the Moor.

Details

Low stone walls or banks enclosing a circular internal floor area form the remains of timber and turf or thatch-roofed dwellings occupied by farmers of the Prehistoric period. They may occur singly or in larger groups and were sometimes built within a surrounding boundary bank or enclosure. On Dartmoor the long tradition of building stone-based round houses can be traced back to the second millennium BC, probably from 1700 BC onwards. This stone hut circle lies close to the north bank of Hentor Brook and is 9m in diameter with walls up to 2m in thickness and 0.5m in height. It has an entrance to the north-east. There are other hut circles and enclosures in the vicinity.

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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
10660
Legacy System:
RSM

Legal

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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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