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HER Number:MDV12786
Name:Alleged cairn on Lee Moor, Shaugh Prior


Alleged cairn - reclassified as a natural feature. This site was assessed in 1996 but was not scheduled. Plym Valley survey in 2002 also suggests it is a natural feature. Butler (1994) records it as a 'small cairn (3.5 metres diameter by 0.4 metres high)'.


Grid Reference:SX 585 644
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56SE145
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439522
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/189
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX56SE145
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX56SE203?

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE (Constructed, Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 164, Shaugh Prior 33 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(04/09/1975) SX 5857 6449 Cairn found, diameter 3.5 metres height 0.4 metres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX56SE145 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV148030.

(18/08/1980) An intensive search failed to reveal this cairn at SX58596447 situated in an area of bracken, best looked for in winter.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not recorded in project.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

(05/06/1996) Nothing visible at Grid Reference SX58596447 other than a number of hummocks covering probable large earthfast rocks. Not recommended for scheduling.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 162-3, 212, Map 51, Figure 51.6 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Upper Spanish Lake Cairn '5' at SX58596447 of 3.5 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high is the eastern of three cairns. It may have held a cist as the edge of a narrow slab is visible near the centre. (Figure 51.6 shows this cairn much closer to the other two at SX58556445)

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(23/04/2002) This feature appears to consist of a large natural block largely covered with a thin layer of turf.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(16/03/2020) Cairn not found at the grid reference SX58596447 given in record.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 162-3, 212, Map 51, Figure 51.6.
SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV148030Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX56SE145. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 164, Shaugh Prior 33.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #133104 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV42010Related to: Cairn on Lee Moor, Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV2495Related to: Cairn with off-centre cist on Lee Moor, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey: EH Project (Feb 2001 - Dec 2002)

Date Last Edited:Sep 24 2021 11:38AM