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Monument Number 440678

Hob Uid: 440678
Location :
Devon
West Devon
Peter Tavy
Grid Ref : SX5340083800
Summary : Three badly damaged later Bronze Age cairns are located on the summit area of White Down centred at SX53438385 at 381m above OD. Located and surveyed as part of the RCHME Willsworthy Project.
More information : (A - SX 53498389; B - SX 53428385; C - SX 53438350)
Tumuli (NR) (1)

On the summit of White Down (a portion of Black Down) which rises
to 1280 feet are numerous cairns, large and small, mostly rifled. (2)

The three published cairns on the summit of White Down have been
destroyed. (See also SX 58 SW 103).

'A' and 'B' are just traceable as stripped circular patches 13.0m
in diameter, each surrounded by a faint rim 1.0m wide and 0.1m high.
At 'B' there is an irregular patch of stones outside the eastern
perimeter which have evidently been taken from the former cairn.
Both sides are heather covered. No trace of cairn 'C' could be found.

Shown as cairns on MSD. (3)

The White Hill South cairnfield consists of almost 8 cairn around SX535838; most are in a group to the SSE of the hill top, with one or two further East. (4)

The three cairns located on the summit area at 381m above OD have been extensively robbed and damaged.

SX53448389. A slight stony rim some 16.5m in overall diameter and up to 0.25m high is all that survives. The interior has been heavily disturbed and there are a number of upcast mounds and depressions. A slit trench lies ot the south of this cairn.

SX53438385. A slight amorphous turf-covered rise 11.9m by 10.8m and 0.2m high is all that survives. It is now crossed by well-worn paths.

SX53438380. A ragged stony rim which measures approximately 9.7m by 8.5m across is up to 0.2m high; the centre is depressed to 0.3m deep. There is little evidence of spoil from this damaged cairn.

The cairns are composed of sandstone, shale and soil and they are covered by heather moorland. (5)

Depicted by Butler. (6)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1965
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : T Devon Ass 20 1888 47 (S Baring-Gould)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 NVQ 13-AUG-79
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Proc Devon Archaeol Soc. 38 1980 11 (Fleming A)
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Fletcher M 29-JUL-1998 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Butler J 1991 Dartmoor Atlas Of Antiquities 2 The North map 32 106
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Source : Willsworthy, sheet 7 of 14/CAD generated plan
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Source : Willsworthy, sheet 7 of 14/overlay
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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 : Cairnfield
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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 20343
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 20344
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Devonshire)
External Cross Reference Number : SX58SW24,25,26
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 58 SW 6
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SX 58 SW 6
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1979-08-13
End Date : 1979-08-13
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: WILLSWORTHY TRAINING AREA, PETER TAVY
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1998-04-01
End Date : 1998-10-01