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HER Number:MDV25037
Name:Area of trial pits west of Middle Mire, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Area of trial pits extending for approximately 420 metres to the west of Middle Mire

Location

Grid Reference:SX 631 670
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/101

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 4278 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Photograph taken on 10th December 1946.

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

Area of trial pits extends to SX63406700.

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

Area covered by features shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

Two hectares of tin streamworks and prospecting pits branching off the eastern side of Blacklane Brook. The deposits worked here represent an extension of those worked on the west side of the brook (MDV25039). The interior working area contains the usual evidence of low linear spoil heaps, pits and channels, but as the working extends to the east the streamworking, makes way for a linear cluster of prospecting or trial pits. The approximately circular trial pits are up to 5 metres diameter and 1 to 2 metres deep, though some larger examples may be shallow shafts. Each pit has a small collar of spoil on the downslope side. The pits and streamworks have not been dated but are likely to be post-medieval.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4278.
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.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #122465 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Apr 23 2020 2:53PM