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HER Number:MDV3329
Name:CAIRN in the Parish of Sheepstor


Drizzlecombe group. Northwestern most barrow of the line of three barrows.


Grid Reference:SX 592 670
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/22
  • Old SAM County Ref: 462
  • Old SAM Ref: 24104
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Unknown, Unknown (Migrated Record). SDV331.

Vis=12/3/1993 (gerrard) survives as an 8.8m diam mound standing up to 0.8m high. An l shaped hollow cutting through the mound, measuring 1.2m wide and 0.3m deep, represents the site of robbing or a partial early excavation. Surrounding the mound, are 2 rings of upright stones, the nearest denoting the periphery and the second lying about 1.5m from the cairn. This type of cairn is described by turner as an encircled cairn with multiple circles. No stone alignment leads from this mound, although worth has suggested that a solitary upright stone at ngr sx58996692 may have been intended to form part of an alignment leading from this cairn (mpp).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=29/7/1972 (grinsell) cairn with traces of retaining circle, 8m in diameter, 1m high.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229611.

Drizzlecombe group. Northwestern most barrow of the line of three barrows.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229615.

Recorded (rchm app 1985).

ROBINSON + COSFORD, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229616.

The cairn lies on a gentle sw slope and is part of the complex group of cairns, stone rows and standing stones at drizzlecombe, though not itself directly associated with a stone row. It is 8m in diameter and 0.9m high, with traces of a retaining kerb, and in this case the associated concentric circles (three or four) are just outside the edge of the cairn proper (robinson + cosford).

DNH:10/4/1996, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229619.

Smc granted for works concerning erosion repairs (dnh:10/4/1996).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229620.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)167/sheepstor 28.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229621.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229622.

Worth, r. H. /tda/78(1946)293-294 pl.35/the stone rows of dartmoor, part 1.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229623.

Brent, f. /jbaa/39(1883)218/om a group of prehistoric remains on dartmoor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229624.

Worth, r. H. /dartmoor/1981)209-12.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229625.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV229626.

Aph=nmr sf2134/80(12/4/1983).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229627.

Robinson, r. + cosford, j. /pdas/44(1986)166-170/dartmoor multiple stone circles/map, diagram.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229628.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)54 80/f24.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229629.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities/3(1994)139-40.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229632.

Das fieldguide/11(1995)/the drizzlecombe stone rows/in pf.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229630.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV229631.

Dnh/smc letter/(10/4/1996)/in smr.

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Encircled cairn, with outer ring of orthostats 9.6m diam and inner ring 7.4m diam around cairn 5.9m diam and 0.9m high (turner).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=2/11/1950 (os) a turf covered cairn 1.0m high surrounded by the remains of a retaining circle 8m diameter. A hollow is visible in the centre of the barrow.

Quinnell, N. V., 10/09/1995, Cairn (Worksheet). SDV350843.

Much disturbed cairn. 0.3 metres high on the north-west side and 0.8 metres high on the south-east. Overall diameters are 7.5 metres by 8.5 metres with a flattish top, 4.3 metres to 5.0 metres across with a large, irregular robbing trench. The fairly straight northern edge may be the result of further robbing. Around the perimeter are 25 firmly embedded stones about 1.0 metre apart and mostly less than 0.1 metres high. Eight instances suggest there was originally a double 'circle', one at or just within the perimeter, the other 0.5 - 1.0 metres beyond. Neither forms a true circle or is concentric; the lack of height to the stones is unusual but their disposition does not seem to be a natural occurrence. Unlike the other nearby terminal cairns, no stone row has been found in association.

Robinson, R., 1984, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984 (Un-published). SDV343082.


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

Cairn visible on aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Migrated Record:
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  • Migrated Record: DNH:10/4/1996.
  • Migrated Record: ROBINSON + COSFORD.
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  • Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
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  • Aerial Photograph:
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  • Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Migrated Record: Unknown. Unknown. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
  • Worksheet: Quinnell, N. V.. 10/09/1995. Cairn. Worksheet.
  • Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
  • Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1984. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.

Associated Monuments

MDV4047Related to: Cairn at Drizzlecombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2015 3:50PM