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HER Number:MDV105916
Name:Cairn Cemetery on Mardon Down


Possible linear cairn cemetery aligned broadly north-south on the west side of Mardon Down and comprising some nine cairns. One of the cairns was excavated in the 18th century producing ashes, charcoal and sherds of pottery, although which cairn is uknown. Also within the same alignment is a stone circle.


Grid Reference:SX 767 874
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN CEMETERY? (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)

Full description

Watts, S., 05/02/2014, Cairn Cemetery on Mardon Down (Personal Comment). SDV356159.

Linear cairn cemetery aligned north-south on the west side of Mardon Down and comprising some nine cairns. Mardon Down Stone Circle is also on the same alignment. The location of the cairn excavated in the 18th century is unknown.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 158 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

A cairn at Maredown opened in the late 18th century yielded "ashes, burnt wood and pieces of earthen vessels, the fragments of urns" presumably Bronze Age.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 158.
SDV356159Personal Comment: Watts, S.. 05/02/2014. Cairn Cemetery on Mardon Down. [Mapped feature: #1928 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV8310Parent of: Cairn 15 metre south of Giant's Grave, Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV105915Parent of: Cairn 62 metres south of Giant's Grave, Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead (Monument)
MDV8308Parent of: Cairn Circle on Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV15158Parent of: Cairn south of stone circle on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead (Monument)
MDV15159Parent of: Circular feature north-west of stone circle on Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV20069Parent of: Clearance cairn to north of Giant's Grave, Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV8309Parent of: Giant's Grave cairn, Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV19003Parent of: Ring Cairn to north-west of Stone Circle on Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV19004Related to: 'Black Pool' on Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV8290Related to: Finds from Cairn on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead (Find Spot)
MDV8289Related to: Mardon Down Stone Circle, Moretonhampstead (Monument)
MDV12768Related to: Small circular feature on Mardon Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7270 - Survey of cairn cemetery, stone circle and other earthworks on Mardon Down

Date Last Edited:May 23 2017 11:47AM