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Prehistoric enclosed settlement known as Outer Huccaby Ring and associated irregular aggregate field system

A Scheduled Monument in Dartmoor Forest, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5539 / 50°33'14"N

Longitude: -3.8987 / 3°53'55"W

OS Eastings: 265593.095638

OS Northings: 74405.796968

OS Grid: SX655744

Mapcode National: GBR Q8.TD9H

Mapcode Global: FRA 27QL.NZ9

Entry Name: Prehistoric enclosed settlement known as Outer Huccaby Ring and associated irregular aggregate field system

Scheduled Date: 1 January 1971

Last Amended: 8 September 2003

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1021050

English Heritage Legacy ID: 34462

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Dartmoor Forest

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Holne St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes an enclosed prehistoric settlement known as Outer
Huccaby Ring and associated irregular aggregate field system situated on a
west facing slope overlooking the valley of the West Dart River. The
monument lies in two separate areas of protection. Outer Huccaby Ring
survives as an oval enclosure denoted by a 3m wide bank standing up to
0.8m high. Adjoining the inner face of the northern bank is a stone hut
circle and cutting through the enclosure are two leats associated with
nearby Brimpts Mine. The irregular aggregate field system is situated to
the east of Outer Huccaby Ring and survives as a group of at least three
irregular shaped fields denoted by earthworks measuring up to 2m wide and
0.4m high.

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 prehistoric enclosed settlement known as Outer Huccaby Ring and
associated irregular aggregate field system survive comparatively well. A
number of similar settlements and field systems survive on this part of
Dartmoor and together they provide an important insight into the character
of settlement and land use on the fringes of the more substantial coaxial
field systems.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991), 56
Title: Duchy Farms Survey - Brimpts Farm
Source Date: 1988
1:10000 plan

Source: Historic England

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