Unenclosed stone hut circle settlement 320m south east of Higher Tor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017988

Date first listed: 24-Jul-1998


Ordnance survey map of Unenclosed stone hut circle settlement 320m south east of Higher Tor
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Belstone

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 61486 91471


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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 provide 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. Stone hut circles and hut settlements were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers on Dartmoor. They mostly date from the Bronze Age, with the earliest examples on the Moor in this building tradition dating to about 1700 BC. The stone-based round houses consist of low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; remains of the turf or thatch roof are not preserved. The huts may occur singly or in small or large groups and may lie in the open or be enclosed by a bank of earth and stone. Although they are common on the Moor, their longevity and their relationship with other monument types provide important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming practices amongst prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

The unenclosed stone hut circle settlement 320m south east of Higher Tor survives well and contains archaeological structures, features and deposits relating to prehistoric exploitation of this area. The settlement overlooks the large valley basin formed by the River Taw and the substantial broadly contempoary settlement complex on the lower slopes of Cosdon Hill.


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The monument includes three stone hut circles situated on a south east facing slope of Higher Tor overlooking the valley of the River Taw. The stone hut circles within the settlement all survive as banks each surrounding an internal circular area which varies from 32 to 50 square metres with the average being 41 square metres. The height of the surrounding walls vary between 0.5m and 0.8m, with the average being 0.63m. One of the huts has a visible doorway and all of them are of either single or double orthostatic construction.

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.


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

Legacy System number: 28676

Legacy System: RSM


MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard, Gerrard, S., (1997)

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