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HER Number:MDV127211
Name:Small pool on Haytor Down

Summary

A pool measuring around 5m. One of over 40 such 'sacred' pools identified on Dartmoor that are thought to have potentially been designed during the prehistoric period. Lies near a prehistoric cairn and enclosure.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 764 781
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POOL (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC? to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Pond is visible on the modern aerial photography.

Greeves, T. A. P., 2019, Dartmoor's Sacred Pools. Design in the Prehistoric Landscape, 24, Haytor Down (Article in Serial). SDV363426.

SX 76493 78182 Haytor Down North pool B measures around 5m. One of over 40 such 'sacred' pools identified on Dartmoor that are thought to have potentially been designed during the prehistoric period, and may have been used to deposit votive items, although these Dartmoor examples may have alternative significance as designed prehistoric elements in the landscape. Many are located on ridge tops and in conjunction with cairns, stone rows and other prehistoric features. Further research may well reveal more about these interesting features.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #123606 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV8105Related to: Enclosure 910 meters west of Yarner Farm, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV79704Related to: Possible ring cairn 970 meters west of Yarner Farm, Ilsington (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 7 2020 11:31AM