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HER Number:MDV122883
Name:Meiler platforms on eastern slope of Stingers Hill

Summary

Thirteen meiler platforms on eastern slope of Stingers Hill. The meilers comprise turf-covered, circular, earth or peat, flat-topped mounds. Some have a wedge profile to accommodate the slope. The dimensions vary considerably but 10 metres diameter is an average diameter, and some survive to over 1.5 metres high. These features have not yet been dated, but it is known from documentation, that peat charcoal was produced on Dartmoor using this method from at least the 13th century.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 627 655
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of eight circular peat charcoal burning platforms on Langcombe Hill, dating to the medieval or later period
  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of two circular peat charcoal burning platforms on Langcombe Hill, dating to the medieval or later period
  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of three circular peat charcoal burning platforms on Langcombe Hill, dating to the medieval or later period

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • Peat Burning Platform (Constructed, XIII to XIX - 1201 AD? to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Thirteen meiler platforms on eastern slope of Stingers Hill. The meilers comprise turf-covered, circular, earth or peat, flat-topped mounds. Some have a wedge profile to accommodate the slope. The dimensions vary considerably but 10 metres diameter is an average diameter, and some survive to over 1.5 metres high. These features have not yet been dated, but it is known from documentation, that peat charcoal was produced on Dartmoor using this method from at least the 13th century.


Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117221 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jul 29 2019 9:42AM