An unenclosed stone hut circle settlement 400m north west of Scorhill stone circle

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018907

Date first listed: 04-Feb-1999

Map

Ordnance survey map of An unenclosed stone hut circle settlement 400m north west of Scorhill stone circle
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Location

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County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Gidleigh

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 65094 87538

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 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 400m north west of Scorhill stone circle survives well and forms part of a group of at least six similar settlements overlooking a substantial natural basin formed by the North Teign River, the Gallaven Brook and Walla Brook. Together this group of settlements represent an important insight into this relatively rare form of prehistoric settlement.

History

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Details

The monument includes an unenclosed stone hut circle settlement situated on a small knoll overlooking the North Teign River. The settlement survives as a group of at least four freestanding stone hut circles. Two of the huts survive as rings of edge set stones enclosing internal areas measuring 5m and 5.6m in diameter respectively. The remaining buildings are defined by banks each surrounding an internal area of 5.7m and 6.5m in diameter. The height of the surrounding walls varies between 0.4m and 0.5m, with the average being 0.48m. One of the huts has a visible doorway and all of them are of single 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.

Legacy

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

Legacy System number: 28701

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
MPP Fieldwork by S. Gerrard, Gerrard, S., (1998)

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