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HER Number:MDV6247
Name:Possible feature by the Blackbrook River

Summary

Previously recorded by the Ordnance Survey in the 1950s as a possible cairn circle, more recent work in the area suggests this may not be an antiquity.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 605 738
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural remains of a group of at least four prehistoric cists adjacent to the Blackbrook River

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/17
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Prowse, A. B., 1901, The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor, 496 (Article in Serial). SDV233834.

An imperfect ring of stones five yards in diameter, which must at some time have encircled a kisvaen.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67SW19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV237316.

?Cairn circle. (Visited 4/9/1950) Remains of rough circle of stones, some completely earthbound lie in a diameter of roughly 5 metres. There is no sign of a cist in the centre, nor any indication that there ever was. There are no remains of an earthen mound. Condition fragmentary.


Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

MasterMap depicts a cairn here but this is probably based on the old Ordnance Survey maps.


National Monument Record, 2017, Pastscape, Accessed 27/02/2017 (Website). SDV359964.

SX60517384 In a marshy area on the north edge of the Blackbrook River are some irregularly spaced boulders forming a rough circle 4.8 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres high. There is no cist or mound and the general appearance is that of a fortuitous arrangement rather than a cairn circle. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:2500 for AO Records. (citing Ordnance Survey Field Investigators Comments, 13-JAN-80).
The site lies on the north bank of the Blackbrook River approximately 1.2 meteres above the water level and 16.0 metres to the south-west of three cists (MDV6252-4). It is now only identifiable as a roughly 5 metre diameter patch of turf and moss surrounded by a thick carpet of reeds. A few stones are evident including two small uprights however the whole cannot now be recognised as a cairn circle.
A group of small boulders to the south lie on the river bank and others are scattered around the site. (Citing Fletcher, M. J., Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation, 02-FEB-88)

Sources / Further Reading

  • Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1901. The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Unknown. 496.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67SW19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
  • Website: National Monument Record. 2017. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. Accessed 27/02/2017.

Associated Monuments

MDV6254Related to: Blackbrook, South Cist (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 27 2017 2:30PM