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HER Number:MDV6595
Name:Hut circle east of Bush Down


One of three hut circles east of Bush Down. Large hut circle with wall of massive upright boulders. Walls abutt onto a prehistoric field wall which links this hut circle with hut to the south. Overgrown with heather and grass.


Grid Reference:SX 685 821
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishNorth Bovey
Ecclesiastical ParishNORTH BOVEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 SE 15
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/33
  • Old SAM County Ref: 972B
  • Pastscape: 443796

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 4316 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX68SE15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV314534.

(Visited 18/06/1978) SX 6849 8216: Two crude hut circles situated on a north west facing slope at around 1475 feet OD.
'B' at SX 6849 8217 is of similar construction with a diameter of 8.5 metres and a possible funnelled entrance in the north east.
Both are in poor condition. Surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Two hut circles are visible on the 1947 aerial photograph, at SX 6849 8217 and at SX 6849 8215.

Newman, P., 2002, Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines (Report - Survey). SDV363213.

(20/10/2000) Two robbed hut circles linked by a fragmentary boulder wall to the Shapley Common parallel reave system (SX 68 SE 178). It is not possible to discern from the visible evidence the relationship of the huts to the reave system and were part of a free standing enclosure.
SX 6849 8217: An impressive hut circle with a substantial though robbed double-faced wall; large slabs and boulders survive, one or two stand to a maximum 0.8 metres in height. The interior, levelled into the slope, is 8.6 metres across; the entrance is apparently in the northern side.
Surveyed at 1:2000 scale

Sources / Further Reading

SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4316.
SDV314534Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX68SE15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV363213Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2002. Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines. English Heritage. A1/34/2002. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6594Related to: Hut circle east of Bush Down (Monument)
MDV6596Related to: Hut circle east of Bush Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7139 - Headland Warren and the Birch Tor and Vitifer Mines Survey (Ref: A1/20/2001, A1/34/2002)

Date Last Edited:Sep 17 2019 2:53PM