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HER Number:MDV34
Name:Beacon Hill Prehistoric Settlement, Lundy

Summary

Prehistoric settlement site to south and south-west of remains of St Helen's chapel. Enclosed burial ground on Beacon Hill overlies the north-eastern part.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 132 442
Map Sheet:SS14SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLundy
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishLUNDY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS14SW/17
  • Old SAM County Ref: 744
  • Old SAM Ref: 30351
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS14NW/SW40

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • UNENCLOSED HUT CIRCLE SETTLEMENT (Late Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 1000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SS14NW/SW40 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV344035.


Gardner, K. S., 1965 - 1966, Untitled Source, 30-33 (Article in Serial). SDV342267.

No 1 Hut circle produced a barbed and tanged arrowhead and course pottery of south western type from the first few centuries BC.


Thomas, C.+ Fowler, P.+ Gardner, K., 1969, Lundy, 1969, 139 (Article in Serial). SDV344016.

Previous work on Beacon Hill has shown that an extensive system of small rectilinear fields accompanied by circular stone-walled huts more or less covers the summit. Partial excavation of one hut had produced coarse pottery of Early Iron Age type. The area of the cemetery prevously contained at least one hut, was within the field system and overlies at least one field lynchet.


Ministry of Public Building and Works, 1970, Lundy, Prehistoric Settlement Site South of St Helen's Chapel (Schedule Document). SDV344034.

An area 20 by 30 yards, 24 yards south of cemetery wall comprising a series of bumps and stoney outcrops. At least one stone wall visible. The existence of others and postholes etc. proved by excavation in 1966. At present pastureland. In a part of the island which is farmed and could easily be destroyed in any agricultural improvement scheme there.


Gardner, K. S., 1972, Untitled Source, 4, 13, 29 (Monograph). SDV5837.

Beacon Hill, field system and hut 1. Other details: figure 1, 27.


Griffith, F. M., 1988, Devon's Past. An Aerial View, 65 (Monograph). SDV64198.


National Trust, 1989, Lundy, Devon. Vol. One, 93 (Report - Survey). SDV1275.

Circular hut 70 metres south-east of Old Light, 9 metres diameter with cobble-filled walls 3 metres thick. Finds included Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age pottery and a barbed and tanged arrowhead. Presumably associated with partially excavated Early Iron Age hut found to underlie graves in Early Christian cemetery. Slight earthwork still visible. Other details: 101,115.


Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1998, Chapel Remains, Cemetery and Prehistoric Settlement on Beacon Hill, Lundy (Schedule Document). SDV344021.

The monument includes an irregular oval enclosed burial ground on the summit of Beacon Hill within and beyound which are the remains of a prehistoric hut circle settlement. Excavation also revealed that part of the graveyard overlies the remains of an Iron Age settlement which covers a wider area on the summit of Beacon Hill. At least one large hut was uncovered and a quantity of pottery and a quern were found. The excavation confirmed the presence of other hut circles and enclosures to the west of the cemetery boundary.


Quinnell, H., 1998, Later Prehistoric Pottery Survey (Report - Survey). SDV336212.

Several sherds of uncertain later prehistoric pot, recoverd during excavation. Current location with K. Gardner, Bristol. Other details: DBID 2206.


National Trust, 2002, The Archaeology and Landscape of Lundy: A Field Guide (Monograph). SDV7235.

Group of four hut circles shown to south of lighthouse on the map of Lundy showing features of the archaeological landscape. Other details: Field guide.


English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West, 117 (Report - non-specific). SDV342694.

Extensive significant problems. Principal vulnerability animal burrowing.


English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West, 109 (Report - non-specific). SDV344777.


English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South West, 111 (Report - non-specific). SDV355280.

Extensive significant problems. Declining. Principal vulnerability extensive animal burrowing.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1275Report - Survey: National Trust. 1989. Lundy, Devon. Vol. One. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 1. A4 Stapled + Digital. 93.
SDV336212Report - Survey: Quinnell, H.. 1998. Later Prehistoric Pottery Survey. Later Prehistoric Pottery Survey. A4 Spiral Bound.
SDV342267Article in Serial: Gardner, K. S.. 1965 - 1966. Lundy Field Society Annual Report. 17. Unknown. 30-33.
SDV342694Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South West. English Heritage Report. A4 Bound +Digital. 117.
SDV344016Article in Serial: Thomas, C.+ Fowler, P.+ Gardner, K.. 1969. Lundy, 1969. Current Archaeology. 2, Issue 16. Photocopy + Digital. 139.
SDV344021Schedule Document: Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 1998. Chapel Remains, Cemetery and Prehistoric Settlement on Beacon Hill, Lundy. The Schedule of Monuments. A4 Stapled.
SDV344034Schedule Document: Ministry of Public Building and Works. 1970. Lundy, Prehistoric Settlement Site South of St Helen's Chapel. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
SDV344035Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SS14NW/SW40. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV344777Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2010. Heritage at Risk Register 2010: South West. English Heritage Report. Digital. 109.
SDV355280Report - non-specific: English Heritage. 2011. Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South West. english Heritage. Digital. 111.
SDV5837Monograph: Gardner, K. S.. 1972. The Archaeology of Lundy. Photocopy + Digital. 4, 13, 29.
SDV64198Monograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1988. Devon's Past. An Aerial View. Devon's Past. An Aerial View. Paperback Volume. 65.
SDV7235Monograph: National Trust. 2002. The Archaeology and Landscape of Lundy: A Field Guide. The Archaeology and Landscape of Lundy: A Field Guide. A5 Paperback.

Associated Monuments

MDV69236Parent of: Hut Circle on Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV69237Parent of: Hut Circle on Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV69238Parent of: Hut Circle on Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV45887Parent of: Hut Circle, Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV45887Related to: Hut Circle, Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV33Related to: Dark Age Cemetery on Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV14281Related to: FIELD SYSTEM in the Parish of Lundy (Monument)
MDV45887Parent of: Hut Circle, Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV45887Related to: Hut Circle, Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV69233Related to: Hut Circle, Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV69393Related to: Long Lynchet, Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV14273Related to: Prehistoric Field System on Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV25 - POT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • FDV26 - ARROWHEAD (Iron Age - 700 BC to 42 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 30 2014 1:09PM