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Dartmoor Site: Black Hill B (Manaton) Ancient Pool

Black Hill B (Manaton) Ancient Pool

Database entries

OS Map: SX 76171 78465
OS Source: Tom Greeves
HER: MDV127185
Alternate name: Black Hill B (Manaton)
Short Name: PO:BlackHillB
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: Greeves
Cairn Class: No
Dimensions (m): 10m
Lidar: SX 76171 78465
Nearest Bus Stop (Minor): Haytor Vale Moorlands House (1.3 km) [Route: 193,271]
Nearest Bus Stop (Major): Lustleigh Bishops Stone (3.9 km) [Route: 178]
Nearby sites: SX 76171 78465


"The second pool at Black Hill (B) is interesting as it possesses a double ring bank enclosing a distinct sunken hollow. Externally the feature is about 20 metres in diameter, and the pool hollow about 10 metres. Compared with the King’s Stables pool and earthwork at Navan, County Armagh which is about 25 metres in diameter x 3.5 metres deep, dating to around 1000 BC (although this feature has a shallower form). 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."


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