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HER Number:MDV26799
Name:Trial pits on Halshanger Common


Trial pits for tin prospecting visible on the aerial photography, running north-south.


Grid Reference:SX 740 752
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/157

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1459, 090 (Aerial Photograph). SDV291903.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Trial pits visible.

Newman, P., 2013, An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon, 11, Table 1 (Report - Assessment). SDV356396.

Prospecting pits for lode tin. The pits have silted and survive as shallow hollows 1-2 metres diameter with small heaps of spoil on the down hill side. The generally small number of pits in this area suggests the search for tin was unsuccessful in this location. Condition stable.

Newman, P., 2013, Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed (Report - Survey). SDV351113.

Site visited and grid reference taken from map.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV291903Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1459. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 090.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV351113Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2013. Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed. Digital. [Mapped feature: #14553 ]
SDV356396Report - Assessment: Newman, P.. 2013. An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon. SW Landscape Investigations Report. A4 Bound + Digital. 11, Table 1.

Associated Monuments

MDV8041Related to: Halshanger Common Parallel Reave System (Monument)
MDV25168Related to: Trial pits on Halshanger Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6433 - Assessment of Halsanger Common, Horridge Common and Rippon Tor
  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 18 2016 9:45AM