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HER Number:MDV7456
Name:Cairn north of Top Tor

Summary

One of a group of three, recognisable mainly by four large in situ boulders which represent the remains of a substantial retaining circle. However, much of the fabric has been removed leaving only a faint, roughly circular earthwork of 9.5 metres diameter.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 736 764
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cairn to the north of Top Tor, one of a group of four

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 445055
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/32/1
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX77NW7
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960, SX77NW7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV345860.

The south half of a retaining circle consisting of five stones.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 1058 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Cairn circle B one of group on north slope of Top Tor. Other details: Cairn B.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX77NW (Cartographic). SDV345445.

Not visible on aerial photographs.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 61 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Cairns on Top Tor. Two inconspicuous cairns lie about 80 metres apart beside the track which follows the crest of the ridge on the north side of Top Tor. Nearly 100 metres east of the southern cairn is an arc of three standing and two flat slabs representing about a quarter of a circle. The interior is quite flat except for a shallow trench but possibly the stones originally surrounded a cairn which has been completely removed. Other details: Map 9, Site 7.


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

Cairns north of Top Tor were considered for designation as Scheduled Ancient Monuments in 2004. Other details: Site 37.


Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.


National Monuments Record, 2010, 445055 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345861.

The remains of three Bronze Age cairns to the north of Top Tor.


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

Map object based on this Source.


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

Cairn north of Top Tor
One of a group of three, recognisable mainly by four large in situ boulders which represent the remains of a substantial retaining circle. However, much of the fabric has been removed leaving only a faint, roughly circular earthwork of 9.5 metres diameter. Condition is stable. SX73652 76467

Sources / Further Reading

  • Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 61.
  • Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 1058.
  • Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX77NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
  • Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
  • Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
  • Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
  • National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 445055. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960. SX77NW7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 48.

Associated Monuments

MDV7457Related to: Cairn north of Top Tor (Monument)
MDV7455Related to: Cairn north of Top Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Apr 18 2016 3:57PM