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HER Number:MDV6182
Name:Cairn with cist on Shovel Down, Chagford

Summary

A cairn 7 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high composed of earth and small stones. It has a central hollow 0.5 metres deep with displaced slabs on its sides with the remains of a badly robbed cist. Double stone row (MDV14875) leads away from it downhill, northwards.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 659 859
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NE34
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/60
  • Old SAM County Ref: 144
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Pastscape: 443580

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ormerod, G. W., 1857-1858, On some British and druidical remains in the parishes of Chagford and Gidleigh, 22 (Article in Serial). SDV274183.


Worth, R. H., 1902, 21st Report of the Barrow Committee, 115 (Article in Serial). SDV20971.


Worth, R. H., 1932, The Prehistoric Monuments of Scorhill, Buttern Hill, and Shuggledown (Shoveldown), 283 (Article in Serial). SDV239731.


Fox, A., 1957, Cairns and stone alignments on Shovel Down, 155-158 (Article in Serial). SDV348211.


Fox, A., 1973, South West England 3,500BC - AD600 (Revised Edition), 70 (Monograph). SDV16216.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX68NE34 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV273616.

SX65988591 Cairn with cist.
A barrow, 13 feet in diameter, which was sited at the southern end of a stone row (SX68NE16 'C') may have contained a cist (citing Worth, 1932, 285).
A small cairn, 22 feet in diameter and about 2 feet high, is sited just below the crest of the ridge. The centre has been robbed and the tumbled slabs of a cist have been exposed. No finds were recorded (citing Archaeological Journal 114, 1957, 158).
As described above, turf-covered and in fair condition. Resurveyed at 1:2500 at SX65988591 (Ordnance Survey, 08/07/1974).


National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX6685, 9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV254388.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 134 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

23/4/1973 Ruined cairn at the end of Row 36, Worth, (SX68NE/110). No sign of remains of cist seen by Ormerod.


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

Visible on the National Monuments Record aerial photographs and recorded on the map overlay.


Griffith, F. M., 1989, DAP/LT, 8-10 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346554.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 143948, 1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Round cairn, diameter 7 metres, height 0.8 metres. Central pit 2.2 metres by 1.5 metres by 0.6 metres deep. A small number of edge set stones around edge of mound may indicate a kerb.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 183; Fig 36.13 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Cairn at the southern (uphill) end of stone row 4 measures 7.0 by 0.3 metres with a central pit that one contained a cist, now no longer visible.


Griffith, F. M., 20/02/1987, DAP/ID, 7-9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV306073.


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

'Cairn' is depicted on the modern mapping, at the end of the double stone row.


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

SX 65998591. A cairn 7 metres in diameter and 0.4 metres high composed of earth and small stones. It has a central hollow 0.5 metres deep with displaced slabs on its sides with the remains of a badly robbed cist. The cairn occupies the north-west crest of a shallow combe between Shovel Down and Chagford Common and has very extensive views to the north and north-west. It lies at the end of a double stone row (MDV14875).
(see RCHME survey of The Shovel Down Stone Rows (part 1) at 1:200) (citing Wilson-North, W. R., 19/09/1991, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Fox, A.. 1973. South West England 3,500BC - AD600 (Revised Edition). South West England. Hardback Volume. 70.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1902. 21st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. A5 Paperback + Digital. 115.
  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 183; Fig 36.13.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1932. The Prehistoric Monuments of Scorhill, Buttern Hill, and Shuggledown (Shoveldown). Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 64. Unknown. 283.
  • Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX6685. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 9.
  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 134.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX68NE34. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Article in Serial: Ormerod, G. W.. 1857-1858. On some British and druidical remains in the parishes of Chagford and Gidleigh. Transactions of the Plymouth Institute. 1. 22.
  • Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 143948, 1997.
  • Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 20/02/1987. DAP/ID. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7-9.
  • 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.
  • Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1989. DAP/LT. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 8-10.
  • Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1957. Cairns and stone alignments on Shovel Down. Archaeological Journal. 114. Unknown. 155-158.
  • Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112428 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV14875Related to: Alignment C on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV6181Related to: Alignment G on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV14881Related to: Alignment H on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV14882Related to: Alignment J on Shovel Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6198 - Geophysical Survey on Shovel Down and Kes Tor

Date Last Edited:Jul 23 2018 3:20PM