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HER Number:MDV5802
Name:Ring cairn 950 metres west of Skerraton Gate

Summary

One of a pair of cairns on Gripper’s Hill. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 691 650
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDEAN PRIOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of two Bronze Age cairns and a ring cairn 950 metres west of Skerraton Gate

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/277
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 3112-3113 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951, SX66SE11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV169294.

One of a pair of cairns on Gripper’s Hill (for other see PRN 5803) Remains of a large cairn (A), Now much despoiled and mostly overgrown. No trace of cist to be seen. Diameter 22.5 meters, height approximately 1.0 meters.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 138 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Mutilated, cairn on Gripper’s Hill measuring 21.0 meters in diameter, 0.6 meters high. The berm on the south-west sector of the cairn is perhaps illusory. (Visited 16/4/1977) Other details: Dean Prior 8..


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

Not recorded during the Aerial Photograph Project.


Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 69 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

A55. A ring cairn, Harbourne Head consisting of a stone ring 17.0 metres in diameter internally, with bank 1.8 metres wide and 0.4 metres high. Cairn contains a central mound, 12.0 metres in diameter, 0.8 metres high. This type of cairn is referred to as a Dartmoor version of the Wessex bell barrows.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3112-3113.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951. SX66SE11. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • 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.
  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 138.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
  • Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 69.
  • Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV5803Related to: Cairn 926 metres west of Skerraton Gate (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2015 12:16PM