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HER Number:MDV6538
Name:Cairn at eastern end of Assacombe Stone Row

Summary

Round cairn or barrow slightly offset at the eastern terminal of the stone row. A large displaced slab on the north side of a central hollow probably represents the remains of a cist.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 661 826
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 144150
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/3/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 594
  • Old SAM Ref: 28655
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68SE4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. N., 1894, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 3., 298 (Article in Serial). SDV234309.


Worth, R. H., 1940, The Dartmoor Menhirs, 198, Pl. 10 (Article in Serial). SDV231163.

Barrow with a retaining kerb at east end of stone row. The stones in the alignment are larger nearer to the circle. Kerb stones max height 1.88 metres, 0.65 metres wide and 0.27 metres thick.


Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 304 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.


Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 224, Pl. 62 (Monograph). SDV231148.


Turner, J. R., 1976, Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Field Report (Report - non-specific). SDV351823.

Fernworthy Plantation. Assacombe Site No. 7C.
Double stone row and cairn at eastern end. The cairn is 6.8 metres diameter with a circle of small stones. Not planted over.
February 1976. The stone row, cairn and hut circle are enclosed as one area. Trees on the southern side are within falling distance of the row and hut.
Included in 1955 Spooner and Dixon report (A) Region south of the Teign (Assacombe and Lowton), Site No. 10.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 146 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visit 15th October 1975. Lydford 26. In plantation. Cairn with indications of inner and outer retaining circles. Double stone row to west-south-west. Cairn 7.0 metres diameter and 0.5 metres high.


Turner, J., 1978, Report of Work Carried Out by the Forestry Commission since January 1976 (Report - non-specific). SDV351816.

The trees have been removed but the site is still covered by fallen trees and debris.


Robinson, R., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV345762.

Site visit 24th June 1983.


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

Not visible on RAF 1946 aerial photos due to tree cover.


Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 54, 79 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

F16. Encircled cairn. Ring of orthostats, 7.6 metres internal diam, around cairn 5.3 metres diam and 0.6 metres high. Largest stones in the ring are set between the junction of the double row.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 167, Fig. 36.10 (Monograph). SDV219155.


Smith, N., 1992, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas 1992 (Un-published). SDV351819.

Fernworthy, Assycombe. Site 7C. Site visit 27th May 1992. Stability of site good. Vegetation managed. Suggested that current management regime be continued.


Gerrard, S., 1992-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 144150 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 29th April 1997. Cairn at upper end of stone alignment. Diameter 8.0 metres, mound diameter 5.3 metres, height 0.8 metres. A 1.1 metre long slab in the mound adjacent to a 1.1 metre wide, 0.7 metre deep pit may represent the site of a cist.


Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1996, Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996 (Un-published). SDV351820.

Fernworthy, Assycombe Group No. 7C. Double stone row with cairn at end.
Site visit 27th September 1996. In a cleared area between two forest tracks. Aligned east-west. Only 1 post at the west end of the stone row. At least one additional post is required for the east end.


Newman, P., 2013, Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey (Un-published). SDV351708.


Newman , P., 2013, The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon, 21 (Report - Survey). SDV351784.

Low stoney round cairn or barrow at the eastern terminal of the stone row. It is slightly offset, however, suggesting a far from straightfortward building sequence. The cairn is mostly of stone although now turf covered. It is roughly circular, 8.4-8.7 metres diameter and 0.65 metres high. A large displaced slab on the north side of a central hollow probably represents the remains of a cist. A series of slabs on the north side appear to form part of a retaining circle. The inner circle described by Grinsell is not visible.


Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Cairn marked. Map object based on this source.


English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

[Part of] Stone alignment, hut circle settlement, medieval long house and post-medieval farmstead at Assycombe.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX68SE4 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV356539.

Cairn at north-east, higher end of Assacombe stone row.
The cairn is 6.8 metres diameter with a circle of small stones.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1992-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 144150.
  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 146.
  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 167, Fig. 36.10.
  • Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX68SE4. 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: Worth, R. N.. 1894. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 3.. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 26. Unknown. 298.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 304.
  • Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 224, Pl. 62.
  • 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. 54, 79.
  • Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1940. The Dartmoor Menhirs. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 72. 198, Pl. 10.
  • Report - non-specific: Turner, J. R.. 1976. Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land. Field Report. Dartmoor National Park Authority Field Report. A4 Comb Bound.
  • Report - non-specific: Turner, J.. 1978. Report of Work Carried Out by the Forestry Commission since January 1976. A4 Stapled.
  • Un-published: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas 1996. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology within Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
  • Un-published: Smith, N.. 1992. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas 1992. Condition Survey of Identified Archaeology with Woodland Areas. A4 Ring Bound.
  • Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2013. The Archaeology of Fernworthy Forest, Dartmoor, Devon. Digital + A4. 21.
  • Un-published: Newman, P.. 2013. Fernworthy Forest Sites Survey. Digital.
  • National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6537Related to: Assacombe Stone Row, Fernworthy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6203 - Archaeological Survey of Fernworthy Forest
  • EDV6216 - Condition Surveys of Ancient Monuments on Forestry Commission Land

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 3:09PM