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Monument Number 439237

Hob Uid: 439237
Location :
South Hams
Shaugh Prior
Grid Ref : SX5530063500
Summary : Cairns (6).
More information : SX 553635 A group of six cairns on Shaugh Moor were
excavated in 1977 by the Central Excavation Unit, D of E in
conjunction with the University of Sheffield and the Devon
Committee for Rescue Archaeology.

No 1 (D of E No 1) A ring cairn approximately 10.0 metres in
diameter constructed around a natural earth fast boulder. Central
to the cairn was a pit filled with burnt material from which
charcoal produced a radiocarbon date of 1570 +- 70 bc(HAR - 2216).

No 2 (D of E No 2) A ring cairn approximately 12.0 metres in
diameter with a central stone-capped pit which contained a pot-base
and a number of faience beads. Charcoal from this pit produced a
radiocarbon date of 1480 +- 90 bc (HAR - 2220). A similar
stone-capped pit was recorded beneath the stone ring and produced
a radiocarbon date of 1290 +- 80 bc (HAR - 2214).

No 3 (D of E No 126) Between the two ring cairns was a small turf
mound approximately 4.0 metres in diameter, partially surrounded
by a stone kerb. A pit was recorded at its centre that produced two
radiocarbon dates 1400 +- 70 bc (HAR - 2221) and 1450 +- 90 bc (HAR -

No 4 (D of E No 70) A small oval turf mound 4.0 by 3.0 metres
with a stone kerb and a pit at its centre which produced a radiocarbon date of 1480 +- 80 bc (HAR - 2219).

No 5 (D of E No 71) South-east of 70 was a large earth-fast
boulder which at one time had been incorporated into a small
cairn 3.4 metres in diameter. Part of the stone kerb and turf
centre survived and a pit with some pottery was recorded at its
centre which produced a radio-carbon date of 1480 +- 80 bc
(HAR - 2213).

No 6 (D of E No 4). A stone ring approximately 80 metres in
diameter with a large amount of turf in its make-up and surrounding
a quantity of loose stones. Probably a robbed cairn.

In addition to the pottery and faience beads a number of
flint and stone artifacts were recorded. (1)

The sites of these cairns are now overlaid by a waste tip. (2)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source details : PPS 44 1978 446-7 (K Smith and G J Wainwright)
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Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 28-AUG-80
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Cairn
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Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 56 SE 46
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 56 SE 46
Start Date : 1980-08-28
End Date : 1980-08-28