Prehistoric enclosed settlement known as Outer Huccaby Ring and associated irregular aggregate field system
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- West Devon (District Authority)
- Dartmoor Forest
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- National Grid Reference:
- SX 65544 74428, SX 65730 74315
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 prehistoric enclosed settlement known as Outer Huccaby Ring and associated irregular aggregate field system survive comparatively well. A number of similar settlements and field systems survive on this part of Dartmoor and together they provide an important insight into the character of settlement and land use on the fringes of the more substantial coaxial field systems.
The monument includes an enclosed prehistoric settlement known as Outer
Huccaby Ring and associated irregular aggregate field system situated on a
west facing slope overlooking the valley of the West Dart River. The
monument lies in two separate areas of protection. Outer Huccaby Ring
survives as an oval enclosure denoted by a 3m wide bank standing up to
0.8m high. Adjoining the inner face of the northern bank is a stone hut
circle and cutting through the enclosure are two leats associated with
nearby Brimpts Mine. The irregular aggregate field system is situated to
the east of Outer Huccaby Ring and survives as a group of at least three
irregular shaped fields denoted by earthworks measuring up to 2m wide and
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.
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Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991), 56
Title: Duchy Farms Survey - Brimpts Farm Source Date: 1988 Author: Publisher: Surveyor: 1:10000 plan
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
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