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Two hut circles on the right bank of Red Brook

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4503 / 50°27'0"N

Longitude: -3.874 / 3°52'26"W

OS Eastings: 267049.528614

OS Northings: 62834.684798

OS Grid: SX670628

Mapcode National: GBR QB.70M3

Mapcode Global: FRA 27SV.SP0

Entry Name: Two hut circles on the right bank of Red Brook

Scheduled Date: 8 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013035

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10577

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- 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.
These two hut circles adjoin each other, but are not enclosed and lie
immediately above Red Brook along its right bank. The downstream hut is 8m
in diameter and has walls 1m to 1.5m in width and up to 1m in height with an
entrance flanked by orthostats in its south-west side. The upstream hut is
9m in diameter with walls of similar width which are up to 0.5m in height,
no entrance is visible, but the hut is heavily overgrown and other features
may be obscured.

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.
These two conjoined stone hut circles are well preserved and in association
with the nearby enclosures, provide important evidence of how early farming
and stock-rearing communities lived on the Moor.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX66SE-131,

Source: Historic England

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