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HER Number:MDV6240
Name:Two pillow mounds at settlement north of Blackbrook River


Two pillow mounds to south and east of prehistoric settlement north of Blackbrook River once thought to have been cairns


Grid Reference:SX 617 741
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: SX67SW8
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443256
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/12
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67SW8

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • PILLOW MOUND (Constructed, Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD (Between) to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Cairn. A small tumulus.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1980, SX67SW8 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV237288.

(01/09/1950) SX 6170 7420 A small mound with a few stones visible through the turf covering which suggests it may be built with stones. A distinct ditch, 1.2m wide, 0.3m deep. Surrounds the mound. Mound orientated east-west. Condition good. Situated on slope running down to west dart river. 8.5m x 4.0m, 0.8m high.
(23/01/1980) This is not a barrow but a pillow mound which measures 8.1m. by 4.0m., and is 0.9m. high. A second pillow mound, at SX 61687419, measures 5.2m. by 2.7m. and is 0.7m. high. Both have the long axis pointing down the slope, and a surrounding ditch 1.2m. wide and 0.2m. deep. See ground photograph.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 and at 1:2500 for AO Records.

National Monuments Record, 1969, NMR SX6273, 1/24 (Aerial Photograph). SDV261771.

Photograph taken on 22nd April 1976.

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

Site visited on 19th September 1974. Ditched mound, believed to be pillow mounds of rabbit warren. Diameter 9.0 metres by 5.0 metres, height 0.9 metres.

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

Visible as pillow mounds on aerial photograph. No cairn visible.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, M. J. Fletcher (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(17/02/1988) At SX 61717420. A well preserved pillow mound situated on a gentle east facing slope above the West Dart River. The disturbed, rather square ended, mound measures 8.6 metres by 4.1 metres with a maximum height of 1.0 metre; little surface stone is evident. The well defined but silted ditch is 1.2 metres wide and a maximum of 0.5 metres deep.
At SX 61687418. This pillow mound, situated on a gentle south-east facing slope, is 4.7 metres by 3.1 metres and on average 0.7 metres high. Its silted ditch is 1.2 metres wide and 0.3 metres deep, except on the downhill side where it is evident only as a slight scarp. No stone is traceable.

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

Two pillow mounds shown as 'burys' at Round Hill East' to the south and east of the settlement north of the Blackbrook River.

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

Shown on survey.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

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

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.
SDV237288Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1980. SX67SW8. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV261771Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1969. NMR SX6273. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1/24.
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.
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.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. M. J. Fletcher.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #111454 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6221Related to: Settlement south-east of Round Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6239Related to: Two pillow mounds in settlement north of Blackbrook River (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8627 - Roundhill Farm Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Jun 13 2022 10:08AM