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Stone hut circle settlement in Iveson Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Weetwood, Leeds

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Latitude: 53.8449 / 53°50'41"N

Longitude: -1.6061 / 1°36'21"W

OS Eastings: 426013.414818

OS Northings: 438814.683959

OS Grid: SE260388

Mapcode National: GBR B31.NH

Mapcode Global: WHC95.9MF8

Entry Name: Stone hut circle settlement in Iveson Wood

Scheduled Date: 15 April 1980

Last Amended: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018815

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31528

County: Leeds

Electoral Ward/Division: Weetwood

Built-Up Area: Leeds

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ireland Wood St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a stone hut circle settlement in Iveson Wood. The
visible remains include two substantial hut circles between 12m and 14m in
diameter. The rubble walls of the hut circles survive to a width of 3m and a
height of 0.5m. Other visible remains relating to the settlement include a
small cairn 3m in diameter and 0.6m high, 40m north east of the eastern hut
circle, and the fragmentary remains of rubble banks which may have formed part
of a prehistoric field system.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Stone hut circles and hut circle settlements were the dwelling places of
prehistoric farmers. Most date from the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). The stone-
based round-houses consist of low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor
area; the remains of the turf, thatch or heather roofs 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 or stone. Frequently traces of their associated
field systems may be found immediately around them. These may be indicated by
areas of clearance cairns and/or the remains of field walls and other
enclosures. The longevity of use of hut circle settlements and their
relationship with other monument types provides 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

The stone hut circle settlement in Iveson Wood survives well. It forms part of
a wider area of prehistoric settlement which includes the hut circle
settlement in Clayton Wood nearby.

Source: Historic England

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