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HER Number:MDV45887
Name:Hut Circle, Beacon Hill, Lundy

Summary

Hut circle, part of a late Romano-British farmstead, found beneath the dark age cemetery.

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/16/7
  • Old SAM County Ref: 743
  • Old SAM Ref: 30351

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HUT CIRCLE (III to IV - 201 AD to 400 AD (Between))

Full description

Thomas, C.+ Fowler, P.+ Gardner, K., 1969, Lundy, 1969, 14-17 (Article in Serial). SDV344016.


Ministry of Public Building and Works, 1970, Lundy, St Helen's Chapel and Cemetery, Remains of (Schedule Document). SDV344018.


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


Thomas, C., 1991, Untitled Source, 45 (Article in Serial). SDV7130.

The central 'cella' of the dark age cemetery overlay an area of earlier secular occupation marked by pottery, a few stone objects, traces of a ruined clay hearth and a stone-lined drain, probably a living hut adjoining the traces of a field bank. Circular hut with an internal diameter of circa 8 metres. A drainage gully with a few covering slabs led downhill southwards. Upper half of a rotary quern associated with this feature. Doorway may have been on the south-west side. Eroded pottery sherds found iin the interior were mostly coarse native ware with rims imitating Romano-British forms, probably 3rd-4th century AD. The site is thought to be a faitly large and stoutly built farmstead. The hut walls were robbed to make the rectangular 'cella' of the cemetery.


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 beyond which are the remains of a prehistoric hut circle settlement. Excavation 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 an 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. See schedule document for full details of monument.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1275Report - Survey: National Trust. 1989. Lundy, Devon. Vol. One. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 1. A4 Stapled + Digital. [Mapped feature: #27721 ]
SDV344016Article in Serial: Thomas, C.+ Fowler, P.+ Gardner, K.. 1969. Lundy, 1969. Current Archaeology. 2, Issue 16. Photocopy + Digital. 14-17.
SDV344018Schedule Document: Ministry of Public Building and Works. 1970. Lundy, St Helen's Chapel and Cemetery, Remains of. The Schedule of Monuments. Foolscap.
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.
SDV7130Article in Serial: Thomas, C.. 1991. Lundy Field Society Annual Report. 42. Unknown. 45.

Associated Monuments

MDV34Part of: Beacon Hill Prehistoric Settlement, Lundy (Monument)
MDV34Related to: Beacon Hill Prehistoric Settlement, Lundy (Monument)
MDV14273Part of: Prehistoric Field System on Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV34Part of: Beacon Hill Prehistoric Settlement, Lundy (Monument)
MDV34Related to: Beacon Hill Prehistoric Settlement, Lundy (Monument)
MDV33Related to: Dark Age Cemetery on Beacon Hill, Lundy (Monument)
MDV14281Related to: FIELD SYSTEM in the Parish of Lundy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 29 2018 1:04PM