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Monument Number 439262

Hob Uid: 439262
Location :
Devon
South Hams
Shaugh Prior
Grid Ref : SX5587063210
Summary : The remains of an impressive, though heavily damaged and disturbed cairn are located on the lower summit area of Saddlesborough at 300m above OD at SX55886321. It is visible as a turf and heather covered `rim' of stones and small boulders up to 18.0m in overall diameter. This ragged `rim' is a maximum 2.5m wide and 0.5m high; the south quadrant has been extensively damaged by tinpits and surface stone pits. Internally the `rim' is visible as a 0.3m high scarp: clearly the result of desultory digging in the now uneven and disturbed interior. It is not possible to interpret the original form of this cairn but the absence of spoil suggests that it could have been a platform cairn perhaps similar to its robbed neighbour 125m to the south-east (SX 56 SE 112). Investigated and surveyed at 1:2500 scale as part of the RCHME Shaugh Moor project in 1997. Collections number 1101512
More information : A cairn 42 ft in diameter and not more than 3 ft
high, thickly overgrown with heather, situated on the crest of a
ridge known as Saddlesborough (SX 559632) and a short distance
to the north of a natural rock outcrop. (1)

A probable ring-cairn, approximately 14.00m in diameter with a
large central oval robbing pit now partially filled with loosely
piled granite blocks. A trigonometric station has been inserted
into the east edge of the mound. It is sited in a prominent
position on top of Saddleborough on a slightly eastern orientated
slope so that the mound is built up to a height of approximately
1.00m on that side. (2)

At SX 55876321 there is a robbed cairn with an overall diameter of
17.5m., visible as a circular rim of stones, 2.3m. wide, from 0.2m.
to 0.4m. high internally and from 0.4m. to 0.6m. high externally
with a 3.0m. break in the N.W. Apart from a level patch of stones in
the NE quadrant, the interior is concave, reaching ground level at
the centre. A number of large stones are piled within,
possibly residue from robbing or perhaps dumping from a large
fossicking pit to the east of the cairn. An OS triangulation pillar
has been built to the east of this pit and does not intrude upon
the cairn (see plan).

No cairn could be found to the north of the rock outcrop, at
SX 55906321 and it seems probable that Worth is referring to this
cairn 35m. to the south.

Surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD. (3)

Depicted by Butler (1994, Map 48). (4)

Centred at SX 55886321. The remains of an impressive, though heavily damaged and disturbed cairn are located on the lower summit area of Saddlesborough at 300m above OD. It is visible as a turf and heather covered `rim' of stones and small boulders up to 18.0m in overall diameter. This ragged `rim' is a maximum 2.5m wide and 0.5m high; the south quadrant has been extensively damaged by tinpits and surface stone pits. Internally the `rim' is visible as a 0.3m high scarp: clearly the result of desultory digging in the now uneven and disturbed interior.

It is not possible to interpret the original form of this cairn but the absence of spoil suggests that it could have been a platform cairn perhaps similar to its robbed neighbour 125m to the south-east (SX 56 SE 112). (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : (R N Worth).
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Vol(s) : 17, 1885
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Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Typescript Notes 2.4.80 (K Smith)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 04-SEP-80
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Butler J 1994 DARTMOOR ATLAS OF ANTIQUITIES Vol 3 - The South West
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Probert SAJ Fletcher MJ 01-DEC-1997 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source : Shaugh Moor, sheet 1/CAD survey
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Source : Shaugh Moor
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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
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 56 SE 54
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 56 SE 53
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1980-09-04
End Date : 1980-09-04
Associated Activities : RCHME PROJECT : SHAUGH MOOR SURVEY
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1997-12-01
End Date : 1998-04-01