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One of two stone hut circles north of Corringdon Leat, Corringdon Ball

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4304 / 50°25'49"N

Longitude: -3.8742 / 3°52'27"W

OS Eastings: 266982.090997

OS Northings: 60626.886828

OS Grid: SX669606

Mapcode National: GBR QB.86K8

Mapcode Global: FRA 27SX.DHF

Entry Name: One of two stone hut circles north of Corringdon Leat, Corringdon Ball

Scheduled Date: 13 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010472

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10868

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 is one of two which lie on the southern slope of
Corringdon Ball, some 30m north of Corringdon Leat. These hut circles form
part of a concentration of occupation evidence surviving in the area. This hut
circle measures 12m in diameter and has walls 1.5m in thickness and 0.7m in
height with an entrance to the south west.

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 two north of Corringdon Leat, which form part
of a concentration of contemporary occupation evidence surviving on Corringdon
Ball, near the ceremonial and funerary complex at Glasscombe.

Source: Historic England


SX66SE, SX66SE, (1991)

Source: Historic England

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