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HER Number:MDV32085
Name:Clearance cairn near stone row south-west of Great Trowlesworthy Tor

Summary

The cleared ground survives as irregular area 30m by 25m defined by natural undisturbed clitter. Within the cleared area is a cairn which measures 6m by 5m and stands up to 0.4m high. This is probably a clearance cairn produced during the clearance of the area. Whilst dating of these features on the basis of surface remains alone is impossible, it is perhaps interesting to note their location midway between two stone alignments. Survey in 2002 suggested this may be a natural feature.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 575 638
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 SE 238
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/371
  • Old SAM Ref: 24229
  • Pastscape: 1360624

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLEARANCE CAIRN? (Early Neolithic to Post Medieval - 4000 BC to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Mercer, R. J., 1987, An Archaeological Field Survey of the Upper Plym Valley, Dartmoor 1982-1986, 43a and b43a and b (Report - Survey). SDV165948.

Remains of a hut circle consisting of a low hummocky bank, in which some stones are visible including an inner facing in south sector. Beside it a transversely-set facing stone may mark an entrance in south sector. In east sector the bank survives as a banked platform. Situated within a patch of cleared ground.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140529 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(10/03/1994) The cleared ground survives as irregular area 30m by 25m defined by natural undisturbed clitter. Within the cleared area at SX 5755 6384 is a cairn which measures 6m by 5m and stands up to 0.4m high.
This is probably a clearance cairn produced during the clearance of the area. Whilst dating of these features on the basis of surface remains alone is impossible, it is perhaps interesting to note their location midway between two stone alignments.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 14, 102.04314, 102.043 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(23/05/2002) SX 5758 6386. A turf covered mound on the edge of the scarp above the right bank of a tributary of the Blacka Brook. It consists of several very large earthfast blocks 5.5m in overall diameter and 0.6m high. An amorphous hollow lies roughly in the centre of this mound.
This appears to be a natural feature. There is no evidence to suggest the presence of cleared ground around this feature other than it lying in a small area as yet uncolonised by bracken.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 14, 102.04314, 102.043.
SDV165948Report - Survey: Mercer, R. J.. 1987. An Archaeological Field Survey of the Upper Plym Valley, Dartmoor 1982-1986. Edinburgh Archaeological Services. A4 Comb Bound. 43a and b43a and b.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140529.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #125618 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV32086Related to: Possible hut near stone row south-west of Great Trowlesworthy Tor (Monument)
MDV2421Related to: Stone row 440 metres south of Great Trowlesworthy Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon
  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:May 12 2020 2:27PM