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HER Number:MDV122159
Name:Trial pits at the head of Hartor Brook, Walkhampton

Summary

Group of tin pits to the east of Hartor Brook Tin Streamwork (MDV62270). These pits are generally more of a cluster than an alignment and may be associated with a nearby channel.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 595 718
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of a medieval or later group of tin pits and channel to the east of Hartor Brook Tin Streamwork

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 SE 226
  • Pastscape: 1449048
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • TRIAL PIT (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152543, 16/3/2000 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Prospecting trench 1000 metres east-south-east of Hart Tor.


Wessex Archaeology, 2002, Cramber Tor Training Area Rapid Condition Survey, Site WA249 (Report - Survey). SDV354588.

Included in Cramber Tor Survey 2002.


Probert, S., 2013, Cramber Tor Survey data (Cartographic). SDV361430.

Marked on the survey data layers.


Probert, S. A. J., 2017, A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of the Cramber Tor Training Area, Devon, 2017 (Report - Survey). SDV360392.

Visited 21/04/17. Earthwork assessed as good, condition described as stable.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape (Website). SDV360651.

One of two groups of tin pits situated at the head of Hartor Brook (see MDV62300 and MDV62304 for western groups).
This second group of Tin Pits is located on a west facing slope to the east of the streamwork, (SX 5952 7183). These pits are generally more of a cluster than an alignment and may be associated with a nearby channel. Generally both groups mentioned consist of round or ovoid pits with a few exceptions. They vary between 2 and 8 metres in diameter and can be up to 3 metres deep. They all have associated mounds of spoil, usually located on the downslope side.
The majority of the pits are likely to have been used for prospecting purposes, although some of the larger examples may be the remains of extraction (citing Page-Smith, K., 01/08/2006, English Heritage Cramber Tor Training Area Archaeological Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152543, 16/3/2000.
SDV354588Report - Survey: Wessex Archaeology. 2002. Cramber Tor Training Area Rapid Condition Survey. Wessex Archaeology Report. Unknown. Site WA249.
SDV360392Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2017. A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of the Cramber Tor Training Area, Devon, 2017. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV361430Cartographic: Probert, S.. 2013. Cramber Tor Survey data. GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #111854 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV28186Related to: Hart Tor Brook alluvial tin streamwork, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV28184Related to: Leat south-east of Hart Tor, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV122158Related to: Open cut south-south-west of South Hessary Tor (Monument)
MDV62301Related to: STREAMWORKS in the Parish of Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV62306Related to: TRIAL PIT in the Parish of Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV62304Related to: Trial pits at the head of Hartor Brook, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7382 - Condition Survey of the Cramber Tor Training Area

Date Last Edited:Jul 30 2018 9:20AM