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Unenclosed stone hut circle settlement on the western edge of Lee Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Shaugh Prior, Devon

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Latitude: 50.466 / 50°27'57"N

Longitude: -3.9958 / 3°59'44"W

OS Eastings: 258453.947106

OS Northings: 64811.812813

OS Grid: SX584648

Mapcode National: GBR Q3.15DJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27JT.M4J

Entry Name: Unenclosed stone hut circle settlement on the western edge of Lee Moor

Scheduled Date: 28 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012116

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10692

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Shaugh Prior

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


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 unenclosed stone hut circle settlement lies above a small scarp on a
south-west facing slope at the western end of Lee Moor, north-east of Little
Trowlesworthy Tor. It consists of at least nine hut circles which range from
3m to 7m in diameter with walls of stone and earth 1m in width and up to 0.6m
in height. Two pairs of huts are conjoined, the rest are single and there are
possible entrances to the south in some huts. There are enclosures and other
hut circles in the vicinity.

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 unenclosed stone hut circle settlement is a well-preserved example and
provides important evidence of how early farming and stock-rearing communities
lived on the Moor.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX56SE-276,

Source: Historic England

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