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Enclosed stone hut settlement south-west of Gutter Tor

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: Enclosed stone hut settlement south-west of Gutter Tor

List entry Number: 1012251

Location

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County: Devon

District: West Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Sheepstor

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 11-Jun-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Oct-1991

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10597

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 provides 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 enclosed hut settlement south-west of Gutter Tor is a well-preserved example of its type and provides important evidence of how early farming and stock-rearing communities lived on the Moor.

History

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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 enclosed hut settlement south-west of Gutter Tor consists of a sub- rectangular enclosure approximately 30m by 20m on a south-facing slope. The boundary bank is on average 2m in width and 0.3m in height. Within it there are five hut circles: two attached to the bank and three smaller ones within it. The huts range in diameter from 2m to 10.5m, with walls, built of small stones and earth, from 0.4m to 2m in width and from 0.3m to 1.75m in height. There are entrances on the southern sides of the huts.

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

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Devon SMR, SX56NE-021,

National Grid Reference: SX 57515 66610

Map

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