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HER Number:MDV15378
Name:Mound, probable post-Medieval pillow mound


Formerly described as a cairn, field survey in 1990 concluded it is most likely to be a damaged pillow mound of probable post-Medieval origin.


Grid Reference:SX 651 814
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68SE169
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 918036
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/162

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • PILLOW MOUND (Post Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1540 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV250306.

Des=worksheet in parish file(plan). Vis=9/3/1982 (greeves + robinson) prehistoric long cairn 16m long, 6.50m width (max), 1m high (highest at ne end). Small rectangular depression in ne end and stone slab set on edge at sw end. Composed mostly of small stone, covered with gorse and is disturbed by track at sw end (worksheet).

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on 1946 RAF photos.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, M. J. Fletcher (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(11/09/1990) SX 6518 8148. This disturbed oval shaped mound is situated on a gentle SW-facing slope in clitter-covered rough moorland grazing at 429m O.D.
Oriented approximately N-S down the slope it measures 15.7m long, an average 7.3m wide and a maximum 0.75m high. Heather-covered it is apparently composed of stone and soil although two boulder-slabs are visible in a disturbed area on the SW side. One of these boulders set upright on the fringe of the mound is 1.5m long and 0.3m high. A shallow pit c.2m in diameter occupies the top of the N end of the mound and a ragged, eroded channel, possibly an excavation trench follows the spine; the S end has been mutilated and spread. No side ditches are visible although a narrow level belt of stone-free turf exists along both the E & W sides.
The origin and function of this feature cannot be deduced with absolute certainty, however, its function, form and size indicate that it is not a prehistoric monument but that it is most likely to be a damaged pillow mound of probable post medieval origin.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

(24/10/1997) Not recommended for scheduling due to the uncertainties as to the mound's function.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV250306Migrated Record:
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. M. J. Fletcher.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8650 - Great Stannon Newtake, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Apr 11 2022 9:03AM