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HER Number:MDV7527
Name:Pool in Blackaton Newtake, Hameldown


Previously recorded as a possible cairn, although identification noted later as 'doubtful' - water filled depression with a few surface stones. Identified as one of the 'sacred pool' sites on the moor, possibly dating from the Prehistoric period.


Grid Reference:SX 707 789
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/87

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CAIRN? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • POOL (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Fox, C., 1937, Unknown Title, 162-164 (Article in Serial). SDV299027.

Possible site of cairn.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX77NW25 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV299025.

(24/04/1953) Cropmark centre now dry with small heather covered mound centrally.
(05/11/1953) Site now a moorland pond.
(10/05/1960). Doubtful site now water filled depression with a few surface stones. More like a constructed pond than a robbed cairn.
Could possibly be the pond cairn with ring of earth and stone with small barrow in middle described by Fox.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, vol V 1075 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1946 aerial photographs used in project.

Greeves, T. A. P., 2019, Dartmoor's Sacred Pools. Design in the Prehistoric Landscape, 5, Blackaton Newtake (Article in Serial). SDV363426.

Blackaton Newtake (Hameldown) SX 70788 78969. Measures 13 by 10m.
One of over 40 such 'sacred' pools identified on Dartmoor that are thought to have potentially been designed during the prehistoric period, and may have been used to deposit votive items, although these Dartmoor examples may have alternative significance as designed prehistoric elements in the landscape. Many are located on ridge tops and in conjunction with cairns, stone rows and other prehistoric features. Further research may well reveal more about these interesting features.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299025Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX77NW25. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV299027Article in Serial: Fox, C.. 1937. Unknown Title. Archaeologia. 87. Unknown. 162-164.
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.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. vol V 1075.

Associated Monuments

MDV7413Related to: Cairn on Hamel Down 160 metres south-east of Two Barrows (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 6 2020 4:01PM