North Devon Coast

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Bucks Mills Earthworks

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Is it Iron-Age, Roman or medieval – or all the above?  

It is difficult to define the earthworks above the picturesque village of Bucks Mills. Past interpretations of the site have described it as being an Iron-Age defended settlement, a Roman Camp or partially formed of medieval of later field boundaries. In the late 19th Century, early Ordnance Survey maps described the site as a Roman Camp, yet to-date no physical evidence exists for Roman occupation in this part of North Devon.

The earthworks consist of a single banked enclosure in a rectangular shape and on the Eastern side are most pronounced, suggesting that this may have been an entranceway.

There is a strong indication that this site was re-used later, possibly in the medieval period, as there is evidence of boundary wall which was constructed sometime later to form two smaller enclosures. See the Geophysical Survey Report or below for more information.

 Bucks Mills site guide                                              Interactive 3D model of Bucks Mills              Bucks Mills video from above 

Iron Age silhouette and screen grabs