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Two stone hut circles and a field 340m south west of Lints Tor

A Scheduled Monument in Sourton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6672 / 50°40'1"N

Longitude: -4.0134 / 4°0'48"W

OS Eastings: 257806.677794

OS Northings: 87214.23609

OS Grid: SX578872

Mapcode National: GBR Q2.M6X7

Mapcode Global: FRA 27H9.S98

Entry Name: Two stone hut circles and a field 340m south west of Lints Tor

Scheduled Date: 4 February 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018911

English Heritage Legacy ID: 28710

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sourton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Widecombe-in-the-Moor St Pancras

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes two stone hut circles and a field lying on a gentle west
facing slope of Lints Tor overlooking the West Okement River. The settlement
includes two stone hut circles, which survive as banks each surrounding a
circular internal area. The interior of the western hut measures 4m in
diameter and is surrounded by a 1.1m wide and 0.3m high rubble bank wall. The
eastern hut is defined by a 1m wide and 0.4m high rubble bank wall surrounding
a 4.4m diameter internal area. A south facing gap in the wall may represent a
The field lies immediately south of the western hut and survives as a 42m
long by 24m wide area from which surface stone has been cleared and thrown
into an elongated heap on the downslope side. This clearance spread measures
up to 18m long by 6m wide.

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.

The two stone hut circles and a field 340m south west of Lints Tor survive
well and form part of a group of at least three settlements situated within
the upper reaches of the West Okement River. This monument lies beyond the
normally accepted distribution of Dartmoor prehistoric settlements and will
therefore provide a valuble insight into Bronze Age activity on the high
moorland. Fields defined by rubble spreads are generally considered to be both
early in date and relatively rare on the moor.

Source: Historic England


MPP Fieldwork by S. Gerrard, Gerrard, S., (1998)

Source: Historic England

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