Enclosure and hut circles at Piles Corner


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013108

Date first listed: 05-Jun-1972

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Oct-1991


Ordnance survey map of Enclosure and hut circles at Piles Corner
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Harford

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 64673 62125


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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 enclosure with hut circles inside and immediately associated with it, forming an integral part of the concentration of settlement along this stretch of the Erme Valley. It provides important insight into farming practices and how farming and stock rearing communities lived on the Moor during the Prehistoric period.


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The Dartmoor landscape includes many discrete plots of land enclosed by 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.2500-500 BC), though earlier and later ones also exist. This is a roughly circular enclosure situated on the steep west-facing slope of Higher Piles newtake at Piles Corner. It is 60 m. in diameter, with walls 2 to 3 m. thick and 0.5 m. high, and a 2 m. wide entrance on the south side. There are two hut circles attached to the inside of the wall, one 10 m. in diameter with walls 2 m. thick and 0.3 m. high, the other 8 m. in diameter with walls 2 m. thick and 0.5 m. high with lynchets on the uphill side. Three further hut circles lie outside the enclosure to the east; all are terraced and approximately 9 m. in diameter, with walls which include large set stones up to 0.7 m. high and each with an entrance facing the south.

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.


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Legacy System number: 10530

Legacy System: RSM



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