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Agglomerated enclosure with hut circles on Corringdon Ball

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4327 / 50°25'57"N

Longitude: -3.8748 / 3°52'29"W

OS Eastings: 266942.882039

OS Northings: 60884.303236

OS Grid: SX669608

Mapcode National: GBR QB.86D2

Mapcode Global: FRA 27SX.67T

Entry Name: Agglomerated enclosure with hut circles on Corringdon Ball

Scheduled Date: 22 July 1964

Last Amended: 14 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010208

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10859

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 agglomerated enclosure lies on the south west slope of Corringdon Ball,
some 50m above Corringdon Leat and is a major element in the concentration of
occupation evidence occurring in the area. The agglomeration consists of four
enclosures with at least six hut circles set within them. The enclosure banks
comprise large boulders and survive up to 5m in width and 1m in height. The
south-western enclosure is the largest, measuring 60m by 55m; the others range
from 24 to 38m in diameter and the whole agglomeration covers an area of some
0.7ha. The huts are all attached to the enclosure banks and range from 7m to
9m in diameter, with walls measuring 1m in thickness and up to 0.6m in height.
Some walls are faced and the hut entrances open into the enclosures.

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. Within the landscape of Dartmoor
there are many discrete plots of land enclosed by stone walls or banks of
stone and earth, most of which date to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC), though
earlier and later examples also exist. They were constructed as stock pens or
as protected areas for crop growing and were sometimes subdivided to
accommodate stock and hut circle dwellings for farmers and herdsmen. The size
and form of enclosures may therefore vary considerably depending on their
particular function. Their variation in form, longevity and relationship to
other monument classes 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 agglomerated enclosure is a major element in the concentration of
contemporary occupation evidence surviving on Corringdon Ball, near the
ceremonial and funerary complex at Glasscombe.

Source: Historic England


SX 66 SE-104, SX 66 SE-104, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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