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HER Number:MDV8024
Name:Hut circle adjoining enclosure on Buckland Common


Hut measures 9.0 metres in diameter and lies adjacent to a ruined rectangular enclosure. Walls survive as a stony earthwork bank. Condition is covered by dense bracken.


Grid Reference:SX 736 744
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of a Bronze Age parallel reave system on Buckland Common and Blackslade Down, including prehistoric hut circle settlements and cairns, medieval and later remains

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX77SW2
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445244
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/51
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX77SW2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 4409-10 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

(SX7366 7443) Hut Circle (NR).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960, SX77SW2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV282556.

(17/05/1960) Hut Circle [O.E.] (Site of) [SX 7361 7451] (OS map, 1906).
There is no trace of the hut circle at the site indicated above. It is in an area which has been cleared of surface stone.
There is, however, a hut circle at SX 7366 7443. It has been largely robbed of stone leaving an earth bank to form much of the circumference. A single orthostat marks a well defined entrance gap in the south-west.
A 25" survey has been made.

Gawne, E. + Somers Cockes, J. V., 1968, Parallel Reaves of Dartmoor, 285 (Article in Serial). SDV345858.

Remains of circular house associated with enclosure wall and reaves situated an open moorland on Buckland Common on ground sloping slightly to the north-west.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX7374, 2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV314947.

Belsey, P. M., 1983 - 1987, Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist (Un-published). SDV345904.

13/11/1985 The bank is approximately 11.5 metres in diameter. One orthostat and other tumbled stones mark the entrance on the south-west and there is another opposite lining the interior of the bank which is a few centimetres lower than the surrounding ground. The house appears to abut on the outside of an enclosure wall, but at the moment is completely covered in bracken.

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

This hut circle is visible on the aerial photographs and recorded.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Depicted on the modern mapping.

Newman, P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 49, figure 18 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Hut circle adjoining enclosure on Buckland Common. A 9 metre diameter hut circle, adjacent to a ruined rectangular enclosure. Walls survive as a stony earthwork bank. Condition is covered by dense bracken. SX73667 74434.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(20/09/2020) Condition assessed as bad; shoulder-height bracken covers the site. The enclosure is cut by the road but the impact from this is not expected to change.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV282556Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960. SX77SW2. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4409-10.
SDV314947Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX7374. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2.
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.
SDV345858Article in Serial: Gawne, E. + Somers Cockes, J. V.. 1968. Parallel Reaves of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 100. A5 Hardback. 285.
SDV345904Un-published: Belsey, P. M.. 1983 - 1987. Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #107041 ]
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 49, figure 18.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV25215Related to: Parallel reaves on Blackslade Down (Monument)
MDV8038Related to: Rectinlinear enclosure cut by road on Buckland Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Jun 24 2022 4:42PM