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HER Number:MDV56824
Name:PILLOW MOUND in the Parish of Shaugh Prior


Vis=8/4/1995 (gerrard) at above ngr, sx57396467 + sx57386466. Two pillow mounds and 2 animal runs are situated on the periphery of a partially enclosed hut settlement.


Grid Reference:SX 573 646
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/198/120
  • Old SAM Ref: 24233
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLOW MOUND (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description


The w pillow mound survives as a 23m by 6.2m by 1.1m high, flat topped, sub-rectangular mound of soil + stone surrounded by a 2.2m wide and 0.4m deep ditch. A leat leading from the n appear to be partly overlain by the w end of the mound, though the relationship between these features is unclear. The e pillow mound measures 16.2m by 4.8m by 1.2m high. The surrounding quarry ditch is 1.5m wide and 0.4m deep. A short distance ne of this mound is a linear animal run. This survives as a 28m long, 0.7m wide and 0.3m deep hollow with a 1m wide and 0.1m high on the downslope side. The second animal run lies sw of the e pillow mound, trends nne to ssw and is of the linear type. This animal run survives as a 90m long, 0.5m wide and 0.2m deep hollow. Material upcast during the construction of this run survives as a 1m wide and 0.1m high bank on the downslope side of the gully. This animal run cuts through the rubble bank leading from a hut circle. These gullies probably represent a complex system of animal runs in which rabbits and vermin could have been trapped. A series of drains lying between the 2 pillow mounds are shown on the mercer plan. The mppa however considers that these are natural features (mpp).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV137914.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities - the south west/4(1994)map 51.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV137915.

Thackray, c.(ed)/the upper plym valley: the management of an historic landscape/(1994)88-9/102.369, 371, 373 + 374.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV137916.


Sources / Further Reading

SDV137914Migrated Record:
SDV137915Migrated Record:
SDV137916Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon

Date Last Edited:Sep 30 2015 5:07PM