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Two conjoined huts between two enclosures north of Bala Brook intake

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.452 / 50°27'7"N

Longitude: -3.8739 / 3°52'26"W

OS Eastings: 267062.556245

OS Northings: 63032.186769

OS Grid: SX670630

Mapcode National: GBR QB.6SR1

Mapcode Global: FRA 27SV.LMB

Entry Name: Two conjoined huts between two enclosures north of Bala Brook intake

Scheduled Date: 4 December 1957

Last Amended: 17 December 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012778

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10622

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Brent St Petroc

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


Low stone walls or banks enclosing a circular internal floor area form the
remains of timber and turf to 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 1700BC onwards.
This pair of conjoined huts lies north-west of the corner of the water
intake fence and 40m north-west of the semi-circular enclosure north of Bala
Brook. The western hut is 7m in diameter with walls 2m in thickness and 1m
in height and shows traces of subdivision, it opens into the second hut,
which is 10m in diameter and has walls of similar dimensions and an entrance
to the north-west side.

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.
This pair of conjoined hut circles are an unusual and well-preserved example
of interconnecting huts. They provide important evidence of how early
farming and stock-rearing communities lived on the Moor.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX66SE-059,

Source: Historic England

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