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Two conjoined huts between two enclosures north of Bala Brook intake

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: Two conjoined huts between two enclosures north of Bala Brook intake

List entry Number: 1012778

Location

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

County: Devon

District: South Hams

District Type: District Authority

Parish: South Brent

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 04-Dec-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Dec-1991

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10622

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 pair of conjoined hut circles are an unusual and well-preserved example of interconnecting huts. They provide 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 to 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 about 1700BC onwards. This pair of conjoined huts lies north-west of the corner of the water intake fence and 40m north-west of the semi-circular enclosure north of Bala Brook. The western hut is 7m in diameter with walls 2m in thickness and 1m in height and shows traces of subdivision, it opens into the second hut, which is 10m in diameter and has walls of similar dimensions and an entrance to the north-west side.

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 SX66SE-059,

National Grid Reference: SX 67063 63032

Map

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