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HER Number:MDV6239
Name:Two pillow mounds within prehistoric settlement north of Blackbrook River , Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Two pillow mounds to west and south of prehistoric settlement north of Blackbrook River. Once thought to have been cairns

Location

Grid Reference:SX 615 742
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork and structural remains of a number of bronze age hut circles, medieval pillow and related fragments of enclosure

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW7
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/11
  • Pastscape: 443253
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CAIRN (Constructed, Early Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 1501 BC)
  • PILLOW MOUND (Constructed, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Prowse, A. B., 1901, The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor, 498 (Article in Serial). SDV233834.

About 250 yards east-south-east of the largest hut circle on some rising ground beyond an intervening level is what looks like a small tumulus.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs, 1890 1301 (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Photograph taken on 10th December 1946.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 179 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 17th September 1974. Ditched mound believed pillow mound of rabbit warren. Diameter is 5.5 metres, height 0.7 metres.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1982, Dunnabridge Farm (Plan - measured). SDV266230.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Visible on aerial photograph and recorded.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 226-9, Map 65, Figure 65.1 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Four pillow mounds shown as 'burys' at 'Round Hill East'

English Heritage, 2005, Survey Information (miscellaneous date) (Report - Survey). SDV345855.

Two pillow mounds shown on survey.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Visible on aerial photograph.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443253, SX67SW7 (Website). SDV363416.

Site visited on 1st September 1950. A small round mound completely turf covered with traces of small shallow ditch round east, south and north sides. Appears to have been tampered with on north-west side. Condition generally good. Probably a small barrow. Diameter 5.5 metres, height 0.7 metres.
Field Investigation on 23rd January 1980. There are two pillow mounds at SX 61557420 and SX 61607419; they measure 5.5 metres by 4.7 metres and 0.9 metres in height and 8.3 metres by 3.0 metres and 0.5metres in height respectively. Both are ditched with their long axes pointing down the slope. The small size of the former evidently resulted in its mid-identification as a barrow.
Field Investigation on 29th February 1988.
At SX 61557420. A pillow mound situated on a slight south-west facing slope comprises a disturbed earthen mound 5.4 metres in diameter and 0.6 metres high. The ditch 1.7 metres wide and 0.4 metres deep fades on the downhill side.
At SX 61607419. A pillow mound situated on a south facing slope comprises a disturbed earthen mound approximately 8.3 metres by 3.4 metres with a maximum height of 0.5 metres. It is enclosed by a ragged ditch 1.3 metres wide and 0.3 metres deep which is silted on the downhill side; part appears to be rock-cut.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

Two pillow mounds shown on modern mapping

Sources / Further Reading

SDV233834Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1901. The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Unknown. 498.
SDV266230Plan - measured: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Dunnabridge Farm. 1:25,000. Plan.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 179.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 226-9, Map 65, Figure 65.1.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). 1890 1301.
SDV345855Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Survey Information (miscellaneous date). English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443253, SX67SW7.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #111445 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV129842Related to: Settlement to the east of the main settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6240Related to: Two pillow mounds at prehistoric settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 27 2021 12:17PM