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Monument Number 440041

Hob Uid: 440041
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Walkhampton
Grid Ref : SX5535074740
Summary : A Bronze Age ring cairn, now extensively robbed and disturbed, it has an overall diameter of 20.2 metres. Where it survives a stony rim is about 2.2 metres wide and up to 0.3 metres high. A few boulders and slabs (some apparently inner-facing stones) survive in situ. Spoil has been deposited almost central to the east side of the feature. The reed-filled pit is 5.7 by 4.5 metres across and up to 0.6 metres deep. Scheduled.
More information : (SX 55357474) Cairn Circle (NR). (1)

A cairn circle which in 1851 contained the "remains of a cist inner circle". (2)

The excavation of 1851 seems to have been thorough, completely destroying structural remains of both the cairn and the 'cist or inner circle',. There is now a circular turf covered area, 18.0m. in diameter, with random stones protruding through the surface. Off centre there is a hollow, 7.0m. by 4.0m. and 0.5m. deep.

Cairn symbol retained on 1:10 000 MSD. (3)

A large cairn about 20m across once existed towards the west end of the double stone row, C8, but the stones were almost entirely removed for repairing the road shortly after 1851. Only the uneven ground marks its site, surrounded by traces of an outer bank in which are embedded a few slabs of a retaining circle. Other earthfast stones are the last of the inner ring shown in a sketch of the structure by Baring-Gould before its demolition, but the deep pit below ground level at the centre has probably removed all traces of an interment here (4)

The extensively robbed remains of a ? ring cairn has an overall diameter of 20.2m. Where it survives a stony rim is about 2.2m wide and up to 0.3m high. A few boulders and slabs (some apparently inner-facing stones) survive in situ. Spoil has been deposited almost central to the east side of the feature. The reed-filled pit is 5.7m by 4.5m and up to 0.6m deep. Surveyed at 1:200 scale (5)


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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : Devonshire Association reports and transactions
Source details : illust plan
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Vol(s) : 27, 1895
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 18-JAN-80
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Butler J 1994 Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities The South West map 44
Page(s) : 30-31
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Fletcher M 30-OCT-1999 English Heritage Field Investigation
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Source : Merrivale Guardianship Area/Report
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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 : Cist, Round Cairn
Evidence : Earthwork, Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DV 333
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 24193
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 57 SE 7
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : MERRIVALE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1851-01-01
End Date : 1851-12-31
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 57 SE 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1980-01-18
End Date : 1980-01-18
Associated Activities : MERRIVALE GUARDIANSHIP AREA : ENGLISH HERITAGE SURVEY PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1999-10-01
End Date : 2000-02-21