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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, extending over Buckland Beacon and including prehistoric hut circle settlements, enclosures and cairns, medieval field systems and pillow mounds and a later field system to east

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/51
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

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

Hut circle at SX7361 7451. There is no trace of the hut circle at this site. It is in an area that has been cleared of surface stone.
There is, however, a hut at SX7366 7443. This hut circle 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 (17/5/1960).

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.
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.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital).
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:Nov 9 2020 10:20AM