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Stone hut circle 400m south east of Great Nodden forming an outlying part of a stone hut circle settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Bridestowe, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6663 / 50°39'58"N

Longitude: -4.0642 / 4°3'51"W

OS Eastings: 254216.615175

OS Northings: 87214.129554

OS Grid: SX542872

Mapcode National: GBR NZ.7CXC

Mapcode Global: FRA 27C9.Y72

Entry Name: Stone hut circle 400m south east of Great Nodden forming an outlying part of a stone hut circle settlement

Scheduled Date: 5 July 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008655

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24073

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bridestowe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

This monument includes a stone hut circle situated on the eastern edge of a
stone hut circle settlement, lying on a west-facing slope 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 an oval internal area.
The interior of the building measures 5m long by 4m wide and the surrounding
1.5m wide wall stands up to 0.3m high.

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.

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 400m south east of Great Nodden 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

Sources

Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991), 218
Other
Gibson, A, Single Monument Class Description - Stone Hut Circles, (1988)
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,

Source: Historic England

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