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HER Number:MDV56846
Name:Pillow mound 630 metres east of Legis Tor

Summary

Forming part of Willings Walls Warren, pillow mound is situated amongst earlier tin streaming earthworks. Survives as a 20m by 6m by 1.1m high, flat topped, rectangular mound of soil + stone surrounded by the 2m wide and 0.4m deep ditch. A 6m long, 1m wide and 0.1m deep narrow gully leads sw from the lower end of the ditch. Gullies such as this are generally considered to be drains, though their location on steep well drained slopes suggests that some at least may have served as animal runs leading to vermin traps or snares.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 577 655
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 135
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/237/7
  • Old SAM Ref: 24224(P)
  • Pastscape: 438879

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PILLOW MOUND (Constructed, XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Brewer, D., 1986, A field guide to the boundary markers on and around Dartmoor, 52-4 (Monograph). SDV309252.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140382 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(02/05/1995) SX 5772 6553 Forming part of Willings Walls Warren, pillow mound is situated amongst earlier tin streaming earthworks. Survives as a 20m by 6m by 1.1m high, flat topped, rectangular mound of soil and stone surrounded by the 2m wide and 0.4m deep ditch.
A 6m long, 1m wide and 0.1m deep narrow gully leads south-west from the lower end of the ditch. Gullies such as this are generally considered to be drains, though their location on steep well drained slopes suggests that some at least may have served as animal runs leading to vermin traps or snares.
This pillow mound lies on top of earlier alluvial tin streamworking earthworks and therefore is clearly more recent than the last phase of tin exploitation in this part of the River Plym.

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

Depicted on the GIS survey layers based on the 2002 Plym Valley survey visits.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140382.
SDV309252Monograph: Brewer, D.. 1986. A field guide to the boundary markers on and around Dartmoor. A field guide to the boundary markers on and around Dartmoor. Unknown. 52-4.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #122772 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV13511Part of: Willings Walls Warren, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:May 5 2020 2:46PM