Two stone hut circles and a field 340m south west of Lints Tor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1018911

Date first listed: 04-Feb-1999


Ordnance survey map of Two stone hut circles and a field 340m south west of Lints 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: Dartmoor Forest

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 57810 87212


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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 two stone hut circles and a field 340m south west of Lints Tor survive well and form part of a group of at least three settlements situated within the upper reaches of the West Okement River. This monument lies beyond the normally accepted distribution of Dartmoor prehistoric settlements and will therefore provide a valuble insight into Bronze Age activity on the high moorland. Fields defined by rubble spreads are generally considered to be both early in date and relatively rare on the moor.


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The monument includes two stone hut circles and a field lying on a gentle west facing slope of Lints Tor overlooking the West Okement River. The settlement includes two stone hut circles, which survive as banks each surrounding a circular internal area. The interior of the western hut measures 4m in diameter and is surrounded by a 1.1m wide and 0.3m high rubble bank wall. The eastern hut is defined by a 1m wide and 0.4m high rubble bank wall surrounding a 4.4m diameter internal area. A south facing gap in the wall may represent a doorway. The field lies immediately south of the western hut and survives as a 42m long by 24m wide area from which surface stone has been cleared and thrown into an elongated heap on the downslope side. This clearance spread measures up to 18m long by 6m wide.

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: 28710

Legacy System: RSM


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

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