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Stone hut circle 1.34km SW of East Castick Farm

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: Stone hut circle 1.34km SW of East Castick Farm

List entry Number: 1017850

Location

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

County:

District: Cornwall

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: North Hill

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 02-Jun-1992

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

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 15116

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Bodmin Moor, the largest of the Cornish granite uplands, has long been recognised to have exceptional preservation of archaeological remains. The Moor has been the subject of detailed archaeological survey and is one of the best recorded upland landscapes in England. The extensive relict landscapes of prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval date provide direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the earliest prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, field systems, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains provides significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. Stone hut circles were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers on the Moor, mostly dating from the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). The stone-based round houses survive as low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; remains of a turf or thatch roof are not preserved. The huts occur singly or in small or large groups and may occur in the open or be enclosed by a bank of earth and stone. Although they are common on the Moor, their longevity of use and their relationship with other monument types provides important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming practices among prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

This hut circle on Twelve Men's Moor has survived well without any evident or recorded disturbance and displays an unusual oval shape and spaced-boulder wall construction. Its proximity to other broadly contemporary hut circles and field boundaries demonstrates well the nature of settlement during the Bronze Age.

History

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Details

The monument comprises an ovoid stone hut circle situated near a Prehistoric field system, enclosure and other hut circles in the broad valley between Kilmar Tor and Hawk's Tor, part of Twelve Men's Moor on eastern Bodmin Moor. The hut circle survives with a wall of heaped rubble incorporating boulders, up to 1.25m wide and 0.5m high, around a levelled, oval internal area measuring 8m NE-SW by 5m NW-SE. The wall's boulder content is spaced at regular intervals. Occasional inner facing slabs are visible in the wall, which has an entrance gap 1m wide facing SSW, flanked by an end-set slab called an orthostat on its southern 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

Other
consulted 6/1992, Carter, A./RCHME, 1:2500 AP transcription for SX 2575,
consulted 9/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1014,
consulted 9/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1173,
consulted 9/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1190,
consulted 9/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1190.10,

National Grid Reference: SX 25617 75439

Map

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