One of three stone hut circles 500m SSE of Legis Tor

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012631

Date first listed: 05-Jan-2001

Map

Ordnance survey map of One of three stone hut circles 500m SSE of Legis Tor
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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 57287 65126

Summary

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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 500m south east of Legis Tor survives well in an area which contains much evidence for settlement and land use in the Bronze Age period.

History

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Details

This stone hut circle lies on a north west facing slope north of Trowlesworthy Warren, above the south bank of the River Plym. It lies some 50m west of two other hut circles and an enclosure which are the subject of a separate scheduling. It measures 8m in diameter and has walls 1m in thickness and 0.5m in height. It has an entrance facing north, towards the river. This monument is in the care of the Secretary of State.

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

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Legacy System number: 10832

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

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