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Stone hut circle north of Hentor Brook

A Scheduled Monument in Shaugh Prior, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.4693 / 50°28'9"N

Longitude: -3.9883 / 3°59'17"W

OS Eastings: 258992.942674

OS Northings: 65163.752317

OS Grid: SX589651

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.6TKB

Mapcode Global: FRA 27JT.B1Z

Entry Name: Stone hut circle north of Hentor Brook

Scheduled Date: 5 December 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012083

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10660

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Shaugh Prior

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

Low stone walls or banks enclosing a circular internal floor area form the
remains of timber and turf or thatch-roofed dwellings occupied by farmers of
the Prehistoric period. They may occur singly or in larger groups and were
sometimes built within a surrounding boundary bank or enclosure. On Dartmoor
the long tradition of building stone-based round houses can be traced back
to the second millennium BC, probably from 1700 BC onwards.
This stone hut circle lies close to the north bank of Hentor Brook and is 9m
in diameter with walls up to 2m in thickness and 0.5m in height. It has an
entrance to the north-east. There are other hut circles and enclosures in
the vicinity.

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.
This hut circle, north of Hentor Brook, is a well-preserved example and,
with other occupation sites nearby, it provides important evidence of how
early farming and stock-rearing communities lived on the Moor.

Source: Historic England

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