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HER Number:MDV4814
Name:Eastern of two round Prehistoric Cairns on summit of Yes Tor, Okehampton Hamlets

Summary

Eastern of two round Prehistoric cairns on summit of Yes Tor shown on 19th century map and now considerably damaged

Location

Grid Reference:SX 580 901
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/4
  • Old SAM County Ref: 37B
  • Old SAM Ref: 24162

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROUND CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Eastern of two 'Tumuli' shown on 19th century map among the rocks on the summit of Yes Tor.


Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 200 (Monograph). SDV320981.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 158 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 11th July 1976. A shapeless mass of stones added to Yes Tor, impossible to measure accurately. Diameter 25.0 to 35 metres by 3 metres high.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on aerial photograph.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133361 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 10th February 1994. Round cairn between 2 rock outcrops on the summit of Yes Tor. Mound measures 15 metres in diameter and stands up to 1.8 metres high. Has seen limited damage as a result of military, visitor and early antiquarian activity and as a result its core is exposed, revealing traces of drystone walling which may either be original features or later additions. A mound of material standing up to 2.3 metres high, lying on a terrace immediately below and south of the cairn may be spoil from an early undocumented excavation.


English Heritage, 2005, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Eastern of two cairns shown on survey on Yes Tor.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Eastern of two 'Cairns' shown on modern mapping.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1010596 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

This monument includes a round cairn situated between two rock outcrops on the summit of Yes Tor which overlooks much of North Devon. The cairn mound measures 15 metres in diameter and stands up to 1.8 metres high. This cairn has seen limited damage as a result of military, visitor and early antiquarian activity and as a result its core is exposed, revealing traces of drystone walling which may either be original features or later additions. A mound of material standing up to 2.3 metres high, lying on a terrace immediately below and south of the cairn may be spoil from an early undocumented excavation.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 440858, SX59SE6 (Website). SDV360651.

On the top of the flat outcrop of Yes Tor and piled against the west side is an amorphous mass of stones representing a ruined cairn. The patch of stones on the top is more or less 14.0 metres across and 0.3 metres high and the piling against the outcrop is 2.3 metres high. It is possible that this has resulted from bulldozing the cairn over the side of the outcrop but the stones appear quite
stable and compacted. This cairn has been very badly mutilated. Yes tor is an observation post of the Okehampton Artillery Ranges and as might be expected any antiquities in the vicinity have suffered in consequence.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 158.
  • Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133361.
  • Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
  • Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 200.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
  • Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
  • Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 440858, SX59SE6.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
  • National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1010596. [Mapped feature: #113687 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV4813Related to: Western of two round Prehistoric Cairns on summit of Yes Tor, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range

Date Last Edited:Oct 12 2018 6:22PM