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One of several stone hut circles west of High-house Waste

A Scheduled Monument in Cornwood, Devon

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Latitude: 50.447 / 50°26'49"N

Longitude: -3.9656 / 3°57'56"W

OS Eastings: 260537.698546

OS Northings: 62636.854898

OS Grid: SX605626

Mapcode National: GBR Q5.G74Y

Mapcode Global: FRA 27LW.0WZ

Entry Name: One of several stone hut circles west of High-house Waste

Scheduled Date: 12 January 1961

Last Amended: 2 April 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013175

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10772

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Cornwood

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This hut circle lies on a south-east facing slope west of High-house Waste and
Ford Brook. It measures 9m in diameter, with walls 1m in thickness and 0.6m
in height, and has a probable entrance to the south-east. It lies south of an
enclosure and other hut circles.

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.

This hut circle, one of several west of High-House Waste, forms part of a
dense concentration of occupation evidence along Ford Brook.

Source: Historic England

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