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Two hut circles on the south-east slope of Stalldown

A Scheduled Monument in Harford, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4385 / 50°26'18"N

Longitude: -3.9156 / 3°54'56"W

OS Eastings: 264060.517274

OS Northings: 61604.400756

OS Grid: SX640616

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.VV81

Mapcode Global: FRA 27PW.NCZ

Entry Name: Two hut circles on the south-east slope of Stalldown

Scheduled Date: 15 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012766

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10514

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Harford

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 about 1700 BC
These two stone hut circles in dense bracken on the south-east slope of
Stalldown, are 6m. in diameter with walls over a metre high and are joined
by a sinuous wall of large granite boulders up to a metre high and
approximately 30m. long.

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 inwards. 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 pair of linked hut circles is a well-preserved example of hut dwellings
and provides important evidence of how early farming and stock- rearing
communities lived on the Moor.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR,

Source: Historic England

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