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HER Number:MDV25706
Name:Group of trial or stone extraction pits west of Three Barrows on Ugborough Moor, Ugborough


Large group of pits visible on aerial photographs to the west of Three Barrows probably used for stone extraction and could be of prehistoric date for the construction of the nearby cairns


Grid Reference:SX 651 626
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of a group of tin working trial pits on Ugborough Moor

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/401
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • EXTRACTIVE PIT (Constructed, Early Bronze Age to XIX - 2200 BC? to 1900 AD? (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1969, NMR SX6463, 1/28-48 (33-34) (Aerial Photograph). SDV165976.

Photograph taken on 12th April 1969.

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

Group of trial pits visible on aerial photograph.

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

Area of pits shown on survey.

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

To the west of Three Barrows, on the plateau of the summit, a series of random, shallow pits represent surface quarrying for stone. The pits are mostly less than 1 metre deep, frequently conjoined and smoothed by the growth of turf over time and the earthy spoil mounds of the type associated with tin prospecting pits are not present. No date can be securely applied to these features, but it is tempting to suggest that the surface stone, and that just beneath the surface near the summit was a far more accessible source of stone for the Three Barrows cairn builders than the exposed stone just down the slope to the west, presenting the possibility that these pits have prehistoric origins.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165976Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1969. NMR SX6463. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1/28-48 (33-34).
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: #125402 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5746Related to: Northern cairn; Three Barrows, Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV5830Related to: Southern cairn; Three Barrows, Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV25699Related to: Stone quarry on Ugborough Moor, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV5666Related to: Three Barrows; largest cairn, Ugborough Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Apr 24 2020 4:04PM