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HER Number:MDV12885
Name:Cairn 390 meters west of Meldon Reservoir on South Down


One of a pair of cairns on South Down, west of Meldon Reservoir. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 556 912
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cairns, part of a group of cairns on South Down on the west side of Meldon Reservoir

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/57
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BARROW (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1980, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV278059.

Well preserved crest sited ('prestige')? cairn on summit of south down. Was noted by T. Greeves from Longstone Hill to the east. Site visit confirmed its status.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Circular area of cairn visible on aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV278059Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1980. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80678 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV12887Related to: Cairn 330 metres west of Meldon Reservoir on South Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 28 2013 1:13PM