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HER Number:MDV56830
Name:Pillow mound close to River Plym

Summary

Pillow mound within an historic field system. Survives as a flat topped mound, measuring 18.5 metres by 5.5 metres by 1.5 metres high, surrounded by a 1.7 metre wide and 0.3 metre deep ditch. Monument comprises a sub-rectangular mound of soil and stone

Location

Grid Reference:SX 564 648
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/198/104
  • Old SAM Ref: 24232

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLOW MOUND (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140621, 1/4/1995 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Pillow mound within an historic field system. Survives as a 18.5m by 5.5m by 1.5m high, flat topped, sub-rectangular mound of soil + stone, surrounded by a 1.7m wide and 0.3m deep ditch. Three gullies lead from the ditch. Leading NNW from the NE side of the mound is a 68m long, 0.9m wide and 0.6m deep gully, accompanied on its downslope side by the 1.5m wide and 1m high bank of material upcast during its construction. The second gully leads S from the SE side of the mound's ditch and survives as a 75m long, 1m wide and 0.5m deep hollow, accompanied by the bank upcast during its construction. Both these gullies lead from the upper length of the mound's ditch and could not therefore have been excavated to provide drainage. They therefore probably represent animal runs in which rabbits and vermin could have been trapped.
The third gully, measuring 14m long, 0.7m wide by 0.15m deep, leads SW from the lower end of the mound's ditch, and whilst this one may have served a drainage function it could also have doubled as an animal run.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 159 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Other details: Map 51.3.


National Trust and English Heritage, 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape, 102.162 (Report - non-specific). SDV166309.


Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 159.
SDV166309Report - non-specific: National Trust and English Heritage. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape. National Trust Archaeological Survey Report. 102.130. A4 Comb Bound. 102.162.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140621, 1/4/1995.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117669 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV14148Part of: Trowlesworthy Warren (Monument)
MDV56749Related to: Clearance cairns on the west facing slope of Shady Back Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV731 - MPP/140621
  • EDV7369 - Survey of Granite Loading Bays at Trowlesworthy, Devon

Date Last Edited:May 3 2019 3:26PM