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HER Number:MDV12905
Name:Tor cairn on Shell Top


A fairly flat topped cairn built around a tor which projects 1m above it and encloses a structure resembling a triangular cist. Diameter 17m, height 1.3m.


Grid Reference:SX 597 637
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/62
  • Old SAM Ref: 10614

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153028.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)135/cornwood 1.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153029.

Row, s. /perambulation of the forest of dartmoor/(1896)173.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153030.

Crossing, w. /the dartmoor worker/(2nd ed 1966)410.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153031.

Fleming, a. Et al/pdas/31(1973)20 fig7.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153032.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153033.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)48 77/e53.

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Vis=25/9/1976 (turner). A fairly flat topped cairn built around a tor which projects 1m above it and encloses a structure resembling a triangular cist. Diameter 17m, height 1.3m (grinsell). Vis=-/4/1972 (fleming et al) the top blocks of the tor give the appearance of having been deliberately moved apart to form a triangular cist. Around these blocks is a mound of small granite boulders which, although of deliberate construction, are not enough to have formed a cairn over the central boulders. Vis=not recorded (rchm app 1985). Vis=19/8/1977 (os) shell top is a small granite tor lying 470m above sea level, and two of the upper blocks are displaced to form a triangular cavity, 2.5m x 1.5m maximum, and 0.8m deep; it is floored by granite and empty. The displacement is also certainly natural and the resultant cavity is far in excess of the usual cist dimensions. Small boulders have been placed around the tor in the form of a typical tor cairn, 16.5m diameter x 1.4m high - the tor standing 1.4m above them (os). Vis=estimated -/-/1990 (ancient monuments). Diam 16.5m, 1.4m high. The triangular cavity, 2.5m long by 1.5m wide by 0.8m deep is a natural feature.(am). Vis=platform cairn. Ring of orthostats 13.5m diam around a flat-topped mound 0.2m high. In centre is a cairn 9.5m diam and 0.5m high with boulder of tor 1.5m above cairn. Disturbed on s side (turner).

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV153028Migrated Record:
SDV153029Migrated Record:
SDV153030Migrated Record:
SDV153031Migrated Record:
SDV153032Migrated Record:
SDV153033Migrated Record:
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80692 ]
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 11 2016 11:18AM