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HER Number:MDV6240
Name:Two pillow mounds at prehistoric settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest


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
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/12
  • Pastscape: 443256
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

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.

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.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443256, SX67SW8 (Website). SDV363416.

Field Investigation on 23rd January 1980. This is not a barrow but a pillow mound which measures 8.1 metres by 4.0 metres., and is 0.9 metres high. A second pillow mound, at SX 61687419, measures 5.2 metres by 2.7 metres and is 0.7 metres high. Both have the long axis pointing down the slope, and a surrounding ditch 1.2 metres wide and 0.2 metres deep.
Field Investigation on 17th February 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.

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.
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.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443256, SX67SW8.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #111454 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV129842Related to: Settlement to the east of the main settlement north of Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6239Related to: Two pillow mounds within 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