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Stone hut circle 530m ESE of Nodden Gate forming an outlying part of a stone hut circle settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Lydford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6569 / 50°39'24"N

Longitude: -4.0738 / 4°4'25"W

OS Eastings: 253511.672738

OS Northings: 86185.555843

OS Grid: SX535861

Mapcode National: GBR NZ.7X11

Mapcode Global: FRA 27CB.LR9

Entry Name: Stone hut circle 530m ESE of Nodden Gate forming an outlying part of a stone hut circle settlement

Scheduled Date: 5 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008639

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24076

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Lydford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Lydford St Petroc

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a stone hut circle situated on the south western edge
of a stone hut circle settlement, lying on the west-facing slope of Arms Tor
overlooking the valley of the River Lyd. The stone hut circle is terraced
into the hillside and is composed of a stone and earth wall surrounding a
circular internal area. The interior of the building measures 6.5m in
diameter and the 1m wide wall stands up to 0.5m high.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 stone hut circle 530m ESE of Nodden Gate survives comparatively well and
contains archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the
monument, the economy of its inhabitants and the landscape in which they
lived. As such, it provides a valuable insight into the nature of Bronze Age
occupation on the west side of the Moor. This hut lies a short distance from
a stone hut circle settlement and will therefore contain information
concerning the development of settlements within this area.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991), 151
Gibson, A, Single Monument Class Description - Stone Hut Circles, (1988)
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,

Source: Historic England

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