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HER Number:MDV12909
Name:Cairn on the lower slope of Penn Beacon, Cornwood

Summary

A stony mound visible as an earthwork on the south-west facing slopes below Penn beacon on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards and visualisations derived from lidar data captured in 2013, is probably the remains of a cairn of Bronze Age date. A hollow identifiable in the centre on the mound is probably a result of 1872 excavation.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 595 624
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/126
  • Old SAM Ref: 10785
  • Pastscape: 439282

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=22/9/1975 (grinsell) cairn with large hollow centre, 19m diameter, height 1.3m.

SX56SE/2, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153008.

A cairn on the lower slope of penn beacon, close to stone row (sx56se/2). Opened in 1872 by spence bate and oliver: a fine cist was found, a stone implement and many pot fragments, one quite substantial.

AM, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV153012.

Vis=est=-/-/1990 (ancient monuments) cairn of stones on base of earth + stone. Diam 17m, height 1.5m (am).

NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153014.

It measures 16.0m. Diameter, 1.1m. High and is built of small boulders with a deep central disturbance and dip in the south side, probably a result of the 1872 excavation. The cairn stands at the north end of a double stone row which extends for 7.0m. On a grid bearing of 213o and comprises two pairs of stones, average size 0.6m. By 0.2m. And 0.4m. High, set 1.4m. Apart. There is no trace of further stones to the south where the ground has been eroded to form a large hollowsx 59526247. This cairn lies on a false crest, on a moderate clitter strewn slope at 340.0m. Above o. D. And just above a spring line. There is no trace of further stones to the south where the ground has been eroded to form a large hollow (nmr, citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153015.

Osa=sx56se62.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153016.

Spence bate, c. /tda/5(1872)549-553.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV153017.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)136.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=30/3/1950 (os) cairn 16.5m diameter and 1.8m high. A large crater in the centre, and the cairn is badly mutilated.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV26818.

Not recorded (rchm app 1985).

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, Devon County Council RAF/CPE/UK/1890 2291-2293 10-DEC-1946 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

A mound is visible as an earthwork.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 1999-2017, Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs, Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5962 31-MAY-2016 (Aerial Photograph). SDV363087.

A mound is visible as an earthwork.

NERC, 2013, LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) Tellus: South Devon to Dartmoor, LIDAR SX5962 Tellus DTM 01-JUL-2013 to 31-AUG-2013 (Cartographic). SDV361514.

A mound is visible as an earthwork.

Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R., 2019-2020, The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP) (Interpretation). SDV362982.

A roughly circular stony mound is visible as an earthwork approximately 16m in diameter on aerial photographs of 1946 onwards and visualisations derived from lidar data captured in 2013, just above the 330m contour on the south-west facing slopes below Penn Beacon.
The mound is probably the remains of a cairn of Bronze Age date.
A hollow identifiable in the centre on the mound is probably a result of 1872 excavation.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV153008Migrated Record: SX56SE/2.
SDV153012Report - Survey: AM.
SDV153014Migrated Record: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV153015Migrated Record:
SDV153016Migrated Record:
SDV153017Migrated Record:
SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). Devon County Council RAF/CPE/UK/1890 2291-2293 10-DEC-1946.
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV26818Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV361514Cartographic: NERC. 2013. LiDAR DTM data (1m resolution) Tellus: South Devon to Dartmoor. Digital. LIDAR SX5962 Tellus DTM 01-JUL-2013 to 31-AUG-2013.
SDV362982Interpretation: Hegarty, C., Knight, S. and Sims, R.. 2019-2020. The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping Survey. Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (AI&M, formerly NMP). Historic England Research Report. Digital.
SDV363087Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 1999-2017. Pan Government Agreement Aerial Photographs. Aerial Photography for Great Britain Aerial Photographs. Digital. Next Perspectives APGB Imagery SX5962 31-MAY-2016. [Mapped feature: #80694 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV2399Related to: Stone row 600 metres south-west of Penn Beacon (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8098 - The South Devon Coast to Dartmoor Aerial Investigation and Mapping (formerly NMP) Survey, Area 2, Avon Valley to Plymouth (Ref: ACD2040)

Date Last Edited:Dec 20 2019 4:34PM