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HER Number:MDV103631
Name:Clearance cairns on Wigford Down, Meavy


Scattered remains of clearance cairns noted across Wigford Down during 2020 earthwork survey.


Grid Reference:SX 541 648
Map Sheet:SX56SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMeavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishMEAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and walling of Bronze age parallel reave field system with hut circle settlements and cairns, plus deserted Medieval settlements with long houses and pillow mounds, on Wigford Down

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56SW1
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439538

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951, SX56SW1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV275489.

At SX543648 there is a group of eight small cairns - either clearance cairns or a cemetery (19/05/1951).

GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345751.

Cleared oval area visible on aerial photograph.

National Monument Record, 2017, Pastscape (Website). SDV359964.

(Centred SX 543648) Group of eight small mounds. Either field clearance heaps or cairn cemetery (citing Fox, A., April 1951, Ordnance Survey).

Newman, P., 2019-2020, Survey data from various sites on Dartmoor (Cartographic). SDV363779.

Scattered remains of clearance cairns noted across Wigford Down during 2020 earthwork survey.

National Monuments Record, 21/01/2013, 439538 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV350866.

SX 5429 6477 The remains of eight small mounds which may be part of a cairn cemetery or clearance mounds.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV275489Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951. SX56SW1. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345751Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Dartmoor 1999-2000 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital.
SDV350866National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 21/01/2013. 439538. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV359964Website: National Monument Record. 2017. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV363779Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2019-2020. Survey data from various sites on Dartmoor. GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #126663 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV12896Related to: Enclosure with huts circles on Wigford Down, Meavy (Monument)
MDV2219Related to: Parallel reave system on Wigford Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8316 - Wigford Down PAL survey

Date Last Edited:Sep 27 2021 9:19AM