Unenclosed stone hut settlement on the east side of the Erme Valley, north Harford Moor
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- South Hams (District Authority)
- National Park:
- National Grid Reference:
- SX 64277 62963
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 inwards. 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 patterns of land use through time. These five hut circles on northern Harford Moor are a well-preserved example of an unenclosed hut settlement and provide important evidence of how early farming and stock-rearing communities lived on the Moor.
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 bank or enclosure. On Dartmoor, the
long tradition of building stone-based round houses is thought to have begun
in the second millennium BC, probably from about 1700 BC onwards.
This group of five unenclosed stone hut circles lies high on the east side
of the Erme Valley at the northern end of Harford Moor. The huts are set
into the slope and range in diameter from 4.5m. to 10m., with walls 1.5 to
2m. thick and up to a metre in height.
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:
- Legacy System:
Devon County SMR (SX 66 SW-042),
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.
End of official listing