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HER Number:MDV129868
Name:Unlikely cairn on Riddon Ridge


A cairn is alleged at this location but could not be located during field investigation. See note.


Grid Reference:SX 669 766
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NE15
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442461
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/116

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Burnard, R., 1914, 33rd Report of the Barrow Committee, 94 (Article in Serial). SDV246863.

There is a cairn on the eastern slope of Riddon Ridge about 400 yards south west of Grendon Strip Plantation. The cairn was excavated in 1914 when a number of sherds were found in a cist amongst much wood charcoal. Cairn measures 12 feet diameter and 2.5 feet high.
NB: this description is also listed on MDV5986; confusion over these features, Richards, A. F., 01/02/2021.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 151, Lydford 67A (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(07/09/1992) SX 668764. Locality only. There is confusing ground evidence for the presence of a cairn in this area. There are several low, possibly stoney mounds but all are rather amorphous and resemble natural features. It is not possible to determine which is the feature examined by Burnard or that described by Butler (1991 136-137).

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 136-137 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV246863Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1914. 33rd Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 46. Paperback Volume. 94.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 151, Lydford 67A.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 136-137.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. Probert.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8480 - Excavation of cairn, Riddon Ridge
  • EDV8296 - Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2022 9:05AM