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Prehistoric stone hut circle settlement 240m south east of Dow Scar

A Scheduled Monument in Murton, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.597 / 54°35'49"N

Longitude: -2.3643 / 2°21'51"W

OS Eastings: 376561.191741

OS Northings: 522482.947974

OS Grid: NY765224

Mapcode National: GBR CHX8.YW

Mapcode Global: WH92V.NQC7

Entry Name: Prehistoric stone hut circle settlement 240m south east of Dow Scar

Scheduled Date: 17 May 2000

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019050

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32851

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Murton

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Appleby St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

Details

The monument includes a prehistoric stone hut circle settlement located on a
gently sloping hillside plateau overlooking Scordale Beck, 240m south east of
Dow Scar. It includes a sub-rectangular stone walled enclosure with maximum
external dimensions of 21m north east-south west by 17m north west-south east.
Attached to the outside of the enclosure's south corner are the lower courses
of a stone hut circle measuring approximately 8m in diameter.

MAP EXTRACT
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

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
protection.

The prehistoric stone hut circle settlement 240m south east of Dow Scar
survives well and is a good example of this class of monument. Along with
other prehistoric monuments in the vicinity it indicates the importance of
this area in prehistoric times and the diversity of monument classes to be
found here.

Source: Historic England

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