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HER Number:MDV45870
Name:Hut Circle at North End Settlement Site, Lundy


Hut circle, 10m diameter, at the northern end of the island. Excavations in 1967 recorded a bed recess formed by a line of granite slabs on edge. The pottery which includes sherds from straight-sided and rounded jars and small bowls is now dated to the Middle Bronze Age.


Grid Reference:SS 132 479
Map Sheet:SS14NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLundy
Ecclesiastical ParishLUNDY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Trust SMR: 108003
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS14NW/2/6
  • Old SAM County Ref: 735
  • Old SAM Ref: 30356
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SS14NW/SW20

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1962 - 1977, SS14NW/SW20 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV6863.

Gardner, K. S., 1968, Lundy Archaeological Investigations 1967, 41 (Article in Serial). SDV6944.

Excavated in 1967. Summary report given.

Gardner, K. S., 1972, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV344700.

Possibly the site of 'Round Tower' at North End, referred to by earlier writers.

National Trust, 1989, Lundy, Devon. Vol. One, 19 (Report - Survey). SDV1275.

Hut circle at North End settlement site. An eliptical hut measuring 8.4 metres diameter east-west by 8 metres north-south. It was found on excavation to contain a 'bed-nook' formed by a line of granite slabs on edge. This hut produced pottery of the Late Bronze Age. No clear entrance. Low walls. Other details: 101,027.

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

Uncertain size of find of Late Bronze Age and uncertain later prehistoric pottery recovered during excavation. Other details: DBID:2202.

National Trust, 1998, The National Trust Sites and Monuments Record. Compressed Site Reports. Lundy. SMR Sites Nos 108000-108150, 108003 (Report - non-specific). SDV344688.

A heather-covered hut circle, 10 metres in diameter, located to the east of Trinity House track at the north end of the island; a component of the scheduled prehistoric settlement complex. It lies in an area of thin, peaty soils, badly denuded during the disastrous fire which burned on the north end plateau for seven weeks in the late summer of 1933. Sixty years later, the soil cover here is still thin and the bedrock close to the surface. The foundations of walls show as rubble through the peat and heather. Details of the structure are only visible on the north-east side, where there seems to be a twin kerb of long stones, 1.60 metres apart. The height of these individual, projecting stones is approximately 0.25 metres. Excavated by Gardner in 1967 and described as Hut 6, an elliptical hut, circa 25 by 30 feet diameter with a bed recess formed by a chord of orthostats. Pottery of Late Bronze Age type found. Thought by Gardner to possibly have been the site referred to by earlier writers as the base of a round tower at the north end. There is no obvious visible entrance. A number of flint flakes and worked flints have been foundin this area of the north end, as well as quantities of limpet shells.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Quinnell, H., 2010, Prehistoric and Roman material from Lundy, 24, 30, 32-33 Figs 2, 4, Table 1 (Article in Serial). SDV363523.

Hut circle 6. Hut circle 10m in diameter with no obvious signs of an entrance. Excavations in 1967 recorded a bed recess formed by a 'chord of orthostats'. The pottery assemblage comprises 22 sherds dated to the Middle Bronze Age from straight-sided and rounded jars and small bowls. There are several sherds with lugs, one of which is perforated (P3, P4, P6). The flint in the National Trust collection is non-distinctive debitage. See report for further details.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1275Report - Survey: National Trust. 1989. Lundy, Devon. Vol. One. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 1. A4 Stapled + Digital. 19.
SDV336212Report - Survey: Quinnell, H.. 1998. Later Prehistoric Pottery Survey. Later Prehistoric Pottery Survey. A4 Spiral Bound.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #92633 ]
SDV344688Report - non-specific: National Trust. 1998. The National Trust Sites and Monuments Record. Compressed Site Reports. Lundy. SMR Sites Nos 108000-108150. The National Trust Sites and Monuments Record. A4 Stapled + Digital. 108003.
SDV344700Monograph: Gardner, K. S.. 1972. Lundy. An Archaeological Field Guide. Unknown.
SDV363523Article in Serial: Quinnell, H.. 2010. Prehistoric and Roman material from Lundy. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 68. Paperback Volume. 24, 30, 32-33 Figs 2, 4, Table 1.
SDV6863Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1962 - 1977. SS14NW/SW20. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV6944Article in Serial: Gardner, K. S.. 1968. Lundy Archaeological Investigations 1967. Lundy Field Society Annual Report. 19. Unknown. 41.

Associated Monuments

MDV13Part of: North Combe Settlement, Lundy (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV7317 - SHERD (Middle Bronze Age - 1500 BC to 1001 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 30 2020 5:50PM