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Three unenclosed stone hut circles on the west side of the Erme Valley, north of Lower Piles

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: Three unenclosed stone hut circles on the west side of the Erme Valley, north of Lower Piles

List entry Number: 1012768

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Cornwood

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 07-Jan-1992

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10517

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 is a well-preserved example of a small group of discrete hut circles 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 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 tradition of building round houses can be traced back to the second millennium BC, probably from about 1700 BC onwards. These three unenclosed hut circles lie on the edge of the scarp above the west bank of the River Erme, north of Lower Piles newtake. Set into the hillside and now covered with dense bracken, they have coursed walls with some orthostats and entrances and are on average 9.5m. in diameter.

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 County SMR,

National Grid Reference: SX 64122 61327

Map

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