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Monument Number 439750

Hob Uid: 439750
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Peter Tavy
Grid Ref : SX5434078360
Summary : A group of four disturbed round cairns on the south slopes of Whittor.
More information : Cairns (OE) (1).

Three barrows on the south slope of White Tor part of a group of seven excavated in 1988. Shallow depressions or pits containing ashes, charcoal and in some cases flint flakes were discovered. The barrows varied from 12 to 32 feet in diameter none had been rifled and some were undisturbed (2).

Cairns correct as shown on OS 6".
A. Turf covered Diameter 10 metres . Height 0.8 metres.
B. Turf covered Diameter 4.6 metres. Height 0.4 metres.
C. Turf covered Diameter 5.4 metres. Height 0.4 metres.
Cairns B & C are in a hummocky condition (3-4).

(SX 54357836) Cairns (NR) (5)

On the south-facing slopes of White Tor are three possibly cairns
in a group. The most westerly is a large mound of stones 0.8m.
high and measuring 12.0m north-south by 9.5m. east-west. Two or
three large stones on the perimeter may be part of the retaining
circle. The cairn has been slightly dug into. The southerly cairn
is a mound of earth and stones with a diameter of 5.3m. and height
of 0.6m. The northerly cairn is a mound of stones of diameter 5.0m.
and height 0.5m.

Surveyed at 1:10 000 on P.F.D. (6)

Centred SX 54347836. Three small turf covered cairns lie on a slight south facing slope in an area covered by moorland pasture, scattered boulders and numerous grass tumps and anthills.
Construcred of small boulders and stones these were presumably rebuilt after the 19th century excavations (2).

A. SX 54337836. 11.1m by 10.6m, now rather spread, with a maximum height of 0.7m. There is a small central pit and a rather vague trench on the west side; a number of small boulders which demarcate the edge of the feature could, as suggested be a kerb.

B. SX 54357837. 4.6m in diameter and 0.5m in height with a small pit in the centre.

C. SX 54357835. 4.7m in diameter and 0.5m in height.

Grinsell numbers these cairns 30, 31 and 32 respectively (7). Two other cairns depicted on the RCHME App 1/10000 transcript to the east of the group cannot be traced on the ground and probably do not exist (8).

Resurveyed using GPS September 2003. A fourth possible cairn is located at SX 5434 784. It is a heavily disturbed, low stony mound with a diameter of approximately 5.9m. See also SX 57 NW 9, sited to north-east of this group. (9)

Condition is fair and mostly stable. (10)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1907
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : T Devon Ass 31 1899 148 Map
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Source Number : 3
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Source details : OS F1 15-JUL-1950
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Source : Annotated Record Map
Source details : Corr 6" 1953
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Source Number : 5
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1954
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : OS F2 14-OCT-1978
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : PDAS 1978 LV Grinsell.
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Source Number : 8
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHME Field Investigation, 18-NOV-1987, MJ Fletcher.
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Source Number : 9
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Newman P 10-Oct-2003 EH Archaeological Field Investigation
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Source Number : 11
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Newman P 10-Aug-2004 Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey
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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 : Natural Feature

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 22216
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX57NW28
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 57 NW 10
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 57 NW 10
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1978-10-14
End Date : 1978-10-14
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: DUCHY FARMS PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1987-01-01
End Date : 1993-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LANGSTONE MOOR - ENGLISH HERITAGE PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2003-10-01
End Date : 2003-12-12
Associated Activities : Primary, MERRIVALE RANGE BASELINE CONDITION SURVEY
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2004-08-02
End Date : 2004-12-31