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HER Number:MDV127214
Name:Large pool on Houndtor Down

Summary

A pool measuring around 50 by 17m. One of over 40 such 'sacred' pools identified on Dartmoor that are thought to have potentially been designed during the prehistoric period. Lies south of a prehistoric cairn.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 741 785
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

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

Greeves, T. A. P., 2019, Dartmoor's Sacred Pools. Design in the Prehistoric Landscape, 27, Houndtor Down (Article in Serial). SDV363426.

SX 74193 78598 Houndtor Down pool measures around 50 by 17m. 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.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Pond is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #123609 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV7398Related to: CIST in the Parish of Manaton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 7 2020 11:46AM