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HER Number:MDV7434
Name:Cairn 30 metres south-east of Rippon Tor

Summary

One of two small cairns close to the summit comprising a 6.2 metre diameter circular earthwork with a hollowed centre, which has been reported to contain a possible cist, though this is unverified.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 746 755
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • MPP Archaeological Item Dataset: 152327
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/18
  • Old SAM Ref: 28774
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX77NW48

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Wilkinson, J. G., 1862, On British Remains on Dartmoor, 117 (Article in Serial). SDV277122.

Wilkinson notes find of cist within hut circle below Rippon Tor.


Wall, J. C., 1906, Ancient Earthworks, 628 (Article in Monograph). SDV341465.


Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 329 (Monograph). SDV320981.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960-1961, SX77NW48 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV308321.

(Visited 20/4/1960) A small cairn "C" 0.5 metres high with central mutilation.


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

(Visited 28/9/1975) Cairn with hole in centre that could be possible cist. Diameter 5.5 metres, height 0.5 metres.


National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1459, 97 (Aerial Photograph). SDV291903.


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

Visible and recorded.


Quinnell, H., 1986, Cairn on Rippon Tor (Worksheet). SDV350455.

Small cairn. Stone setting around possible central cist setting, 2.3 metres by 3.5 metres, long axis aligned north-south. Possibly within very slight ring bank 6.5 metres in diameter. This ring bank runs under reave.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 42, Fig. 5.2 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Cairn 3 is small (6.8 metres in diameter by 0.4 metres high) and lies almost mid-way between Cairn 1 (on the summit) and Cairn 4 (the nearest large cairn situated on the nearby reave. It is composed of small stones except for a large slab lying at the edge. This is probably the cist site referred to by Crossing as almost covered by turf, although he makes no mention of the cairn. There was no record of any finds from the central trench.


Gerrard, S., 1992-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 152327 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visit 1999. Cairn 20 metres south-east of Rippon Tor summit at SX74727551. Measures 6.0 metres in diameter, height 0.7 metres. Central pit 2.5 metres by 1.3 metres by 0.4 metres deep. Grass, moss and heather covered.


Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Cairn is depicted on the modern map. Map object is based on this source.


Newman, P., 2013, An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon, 4, Table 1 (Report - Assessment). SDV356396.

One of two small cairns close to the summit comprising a 6.2 metre diameter circular earthwork with a hollowed centre, which has been reported to contain a possible cist. Evidence of past intervention but condition now stable.


Newman, P., 2013, Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed (Report - Survey). SDV351113.

Site visited and grid reference confirmed.


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

Part of the Rippon Tor coaxial field system. There are ten cairns within the monument, half of which stand at or near the summit of Rippon Tor. [Cairn to south-east of tor cairn comprising] a 6 metre diameter mound standing up to 0.7 metres high. A hollow in the centre of this mound suggest partial early excavation or robbing.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 48, figure 21 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Cairn 30 meteres south-east of Rippon Tor. A 6.2 metre diameter mound with a hollowed centre, 30 metres south-east of Rippon Tor outcrop. According to Grinsell (1978, 142) it contains a possible cist, or burial chamber, though this is unverified. Condition is stable. SX74691 75532.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 42, Fig. 5.2.
  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback.
  • Article in Serial: Wilkinson, J. G.. 1862. On British Remains on Dartmoor. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 18. Unknown. 117.
  • Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1459. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 97.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960-1961. SX77NW48. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1992-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 152327.
  • Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 329.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
  • 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.
  • Worksheet: Quinnell, H.. 1986. Cairn on Rippon Tor. Worksheet. Digital.
  • Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2013. Halshanger Sites Visited and Confirmed. Digital.
  • National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
  • Report - Assessment: Newman, P.. 2013. An Archaeological Assessment of Halshanger and Horridge Commons, Dartmoor, Devon. SW Landscape Investigations Report. A4 Bound + Digital. 4, Table 1.
  • Article in Monograph: Wall, J. C.. 1906. Ancient Earthworks. Victoria History of the County of Devon. Hardback Volume. 628.
  • Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 48, figure 21.

Associated Monuments

MDV7433Related to: Cairn 100 metres south-east of Rippon Tor (Monument)
MDV13721Related to: Cairn 75 metres south-east of Rippon Tor (Monument)
MDV7539Related to: Cairn on summit of Rippon Tor (Monument)
MDV51162Related to: Cairn south-east of Rippon Tor (Monument)
MDV25747Related to: Parallel Reave System on Horridge Common (Monument)
MDV51161Related to: Possible cairn south Summit Cairn at Rippon Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6433 - Assessment of Halsanger Common, Horridge Common and Rippon Tor
  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 7 2016 2:48PM