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One of three stone hut circles 500m SSE of Legis Tor

A Scheduled Monument in Shaugh Prior, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4686 / 50°28'6"N

Longitude: -4.0123 / 4°0'44"W

OS Eastings: 257287.337619

OS Northings: 65126.431562

OS Grid: SX572651

Mapcode National: GBR Q3.0TDF

Mapcode Global: FRA 27HT.DNY

Entry Name: One of three stone hut circles 500m SSE of Legis Tor

Scheduled Date: 5 January 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012631

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10832

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Shaugh Prior

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This stone hut circle lies on a north west facing slope north of Trowlesworthy
Warren, above the south bank of the River Plym. It lies some 50m west of two
other hut circles and an enclosure which are the subject of a separate
scheduling. It measures 8m in diameter and has walls 1m in thickness and 0.5m
in height. It has an entrance facing north, towards the river.
This monument is in the care of the Secretary of State.

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.

The stone hut circle 500m south east of Legis Tor survives well in an area
which contains much evidence for settlement and land use in the Bronze Age

Source: Historic England


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Source: Historic England

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