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One of several stone hut circles north of Corringdon Ball

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4347 / 50°26'4"N

Longitude: -3.8749 / 3°52'29"W

OS Eastings: 266945.817606

OS Northings: 61103.633463

OS Grid: SX669611

Mapcode National: GBR QB.80CC

Mapcode Global: FRA 27SX.081

Entry Name: One of several stone hut circles north of Corringdon Ball

Scheduled Date: 11 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010202

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10854

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Brent St Petroc

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This stone hut circle lies on a north west facing slope on the saddle between
Corringdon Ball and Brent Fore Hill, north of the summit of Corringdon Ball.
It is built of large stones and measures 8m in diameter, with walls 1.5m in
thickness and 0.5m in height and has an entrance to the south west. It is one
of several stone hut circles between Corringdon Ball and Brent Fore Hill.

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.

This stone hut circle is one of several forming a concentration of
contemporary occupation evidence surviving on Corringdon Ball, near the
ceremonial and funerary complex at Glasscombe.

Source: Historic England


SX 66 SE-383, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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