Enclosure with hut circles north of Bala Brook intake

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012783

Date first listed: 04-Dec-1957

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Dec-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of Enclosure with hut circles north of Bala Brook intake
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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: South Brent

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 67059 63073

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 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 enclosure with hut circles is a well-preserved example, close to others along the Bala Brook. It provides important insight into farming practices on the Moor during the prehistoric period.

History

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Details

The Dartmoor landscape includes many discrete plots of land enclosed by stone walls or earth and stone banks, which acted as stock pens or protected areas for crop growing. Some of them were subdivided to accommodate hut dwellings for farmers and herdsmen. Many examples date to the Bronze Age (c.2500-500BC), though earlier and later ones also exist. This enclosure north of Bala Brook intake is D-shaped, with two arms of walling extending towards an enclosure immediately to the east and passing two conjoined hut circles. The wall is stone-built and up to 3m in thickness and 0.5m in height. It contains four hut circles and has one immediately outside the north wall, they are up to 12m in diameter with walls up to 2m in thickness and 1m in height and entrances to the north or north-west. There are three tinners' caches in the enclosure and one immediately outside.

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

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 10623

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Devon County SMR SX66SE-129,
Devon Couty SMR SX66SE-129 & 059,

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