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HER Number:MDV7946
Name:Cairn 180 meters south-east of Skerraton Gate


Cairn on Skerraton Down. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 702 649
Map Sheet:SX76SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDEAN PRIOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Group of seven prehistoric cairns, part of a cairn cemetery on Skerraton Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76SW/19
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, SX76SW18 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346536.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card describes a cropmark of hut circle at SX70236494.

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 4266-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Robinson, R., 1976, Dean Prior Barrows (Site Visit). SDV346527.

Barrow F. A circular mound 7.0 meters in diameter and approx 0.5 meters high. Composed of stones much robbed in the centre.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 138 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Site visited 21/6/1977) East of Skerraton Gate, about nine mounds, possibly clearance heaps.

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

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

  • Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4266-7.
  • Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 138.
  • Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
  • Site Visit: Robinson, R.. 1976. Dean Prior Barrows. Worksheet. Digital.
  • Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. SX76SW18. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.

Associated Monuments

MDV7949Related to: Cairn 116 metres east-south-east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)
MDV7947Related to: Cairn 160 meters south-east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)
MDV7950Related to: Cairn 160 meters south-east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)
MDV7829Related to: Cairn 170 meters east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)
MDV7948Related to: Pair of cairns 135 meters south-east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 28 2013 3:23PM