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Stone hut circle 40m west of Carnyorth Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Sancreed, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.1379 / 50°8'16"N

Longitude: -5.6516 / 5°39'5"W

OS Eastings: 139171.014471

OS Northings: 32809.169393

OS Grid: SW391328

Mapcode National: GBR DXF9.VG0

Mapcode Global: VH058.0S3P

Entry Name: Stone hut circle 40m west of Carnyorth Farm

Scheduled Date: 3 November 1970

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1004277

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 734

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Sancreed

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Pendeen

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a stone hut circle, situated on the north eastern slopes of Carn Kenidjack. The stone hut circle survives as a circular interior of approximately 6m in diameter, defined by orthostatic built walls of up to 1m high with an eastern entrance.

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-421801

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Stone hut circles and hut circle settlements were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers. Most date from the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). The stone- based round-houses consist of low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area; the remains of the turf, thatch or heather roofs 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 or stone. Frequently traces of their associated field systems may be found immediately around them. These may be indicated by areas of clearance cairns and/or the remains of field walls and other enclosures. The longevity of use of hut circle settlements and their relationship with other monument types provides important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming practices amongst prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period. The stone hut circle 40m west of Carnyorth Farm survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, agricultural practices, domestic arrangements, social organisation and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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