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HER Number:MDV62347
Name:Trial pits on Halshanger Common

Summary

A group of prospecting pits cutting through an area of ridge and furrow on Halsanger Common. The pits have silted and survive as shallow hollows 1-2 metres diameter with small heaps of spoil on the downhill side. The generally small number of pits in this area suggests the search for tin was unsuccessful in this location.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 742 744
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/429
  • Old SAM Ref: 28774

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 152336 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 1st April 1999. A group of prospecting pits cutting through an area of ridge and furrow on Halsanger Common.


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 downhill 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 surveyed and grid reference confirmed.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 59 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Prospecting pits on Halshanger Common; A cluster of small tin prospecting pits. Condition is stable. SX74260 74590

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. 152336. [Mapped features: #40063 ; #40064 ; #96985 ]
SDV351113Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2013. Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed. Digital.
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.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 59.

Associated Monuments

MDV62345Related to: Clearance cairns on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV8041Related to: Halshanger Common Parallel Reave System (Monument)
MDV103648Related to: Large field system centred on Halshanger Common (Monument)
MDV62346Related to: Ridge and furrow 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 10:37AM