Hut circle

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A hut circle in Torr Righ, Arran, Scotland

A hut circle is the archaeological term given to a circular or oval depression in the ground with evidence of a low stone wall around it that used to be the foundation of a round house. The superstructure of such a house would have been made of timber and thatch. They are numerous in parts of upland Britain and most date to around the 2nd century BC.[1]

Hut circles are particularly numerous on Dartmoor where there are an estimated 5,000, one of the best known sites being Grimspound.[2]


  1. ^ Darvill, Timothy (2008). Oxford Concise Dictionary of Archaeology, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, p. 202. ISBN 978-0-19-953404-3.
  2. ^ The Roundhouses of Dartmoor at Accessed on 3 Sep 2013