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Enclosure with hut circles north of Scad Brook

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4245 / 50°25'28"N

Longitude: -3.8783 / 3°52'41"W

OS Eastings: 266673.674466

OS Northings: 59978.912869

OS Grid: SX666599

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.2RH0

Mapcode Global: FRA 27RX.YQF

Entry Name: Enclosure with hut circles north of Scad Brook

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012485

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10553

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ugborough St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The Dartmoor landscape includes many discrete plots of land enclosed by
stone walls or earth and stone banks, which acted as stock pens or
protected areas for crop growing. Some of them were subdivided to
accommodate hut dwellings for farmers and herdsmen. Many examples date to
the Bronze Age (c. 2500 to 500 BC), though earlier and later ones exist.
This sub-circular enclosure lies immediately on the northern bank of the
Scad Brook and is approximately 1.25 ha in area; its earth and stone bank is
continuous except on the southern side, along the brook bank. The enclosure
contains eleven hut circles ranging from 3.5 m. to 10 m. in diameter, with
entrances facing south-east and many of the walls standing up to a metre
high. The most complete hut has been excavated and re-instated with walls
faced with orthostats and an entrance with jambs.

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 provides 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. The
enclosure north of Scad Brook is a well-preserved example with hut circles.
It provides important insight into farming practices on the Moor during the
prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX65NE-023,

Source: Historic England

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