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A cluster of five stone hut circles situated within a large enclosure 470m north-east of Ger Tor

A Scheduled Monument in Peter Tavy, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6322 / 50°37'55"N

Longitude: -4.0509 / 4°3'3"W

OS Eastings: 255054.12031

OS Northings: 83395.32702

OS Grid: SX550833

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.9H9Q

Mapcode Global: FRA 27DD.HNR

Entry Name: A cluster of five stone hut circles situated within a large enclosure 470m north-east of Ger Tor

Scheduled Date: 11 January 1965

Last Amended: 4 November 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011239

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22244

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Peter Tavy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

This monument includes a cluster of five stone hut circles situated within a
large enclosure lying on a south-east facing slope overlooking the valley of
the River Tavy. The buildings are terraced into the hillslope and are composed
of stone and earth walls each surrounding an internal area.
The internal diameters of the huts vary between 4m and 8m, with the average
being 5.8m. The surrounding walls vary between 0.5m and 0.8m high, with the
average being 0.7m. The huts are clustered in a ring around an open space
measuring 45m north-west to south-east by 27m north-east to south-west, in
which further traces of occupation survive as buried features.

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. 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.

The stone hut circles within the large enclosure north-east of Ger Tor survive
comparatively well and contain archaeological remains and environmental
evidence relating to the monument, the economy of its inhabitants and the
landscape in which they lived. As such, the site provides a valuable insight
into the nature of Bronze Age occupation on the west side of the Moor. Many of
the huts are visually impressive examples of their type.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX58SE19,
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX58SE19,
Gibson, A, Single Monument Class Description - Stone Hut Circles, (1987)
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,

Source: Historic England

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