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HER Number:MDV13011
Name:Possible cairn south of Batworthy Corner

Summary

Identified by the Ordnance Survey as a cairn, the survey in 1991 has questioned this identification. Abutting the west side of a double stone row is a circular depression 2 metres in diameter, 0.2 metres deep. Perimeter is lined with small earthfast slabs. The feature is clearly terraced into the natural slope which makes its interpretation as a cairn very unlikely.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 659 860
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NE54
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/43/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 144
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Pastscape: 443632

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CAIRN CIRCLE? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 220 (Monograph). SDV337618.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX68NE54, 16/7/1974 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV254352.

Abutting the west side of a double stone row is a circular depression 2 metres in diameter, 0.2 metres deep. Perimeter is lined with small earthfast slabs. It appears to be the kerb of a destroyed cairn or less probably an inner ring of orthostats of a larger now flat cairn which must then be partly overlaid by the stone row.


Greeves, T. A. P., 1976, Report and plan of the Shovel Down stone rows, 13/8/1976 (Report - Survey). SDV274180.

The feature is situated 51.2 metres north along the row, it consists of ten stones, fairly close fitting. Conjugate external diameters are 2.9 metres by 2.6 metres.


Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 46 73/d30 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Ring setting, 2.5 metres internal diameter, with interior reduced to subsoil level. One of setting stones is incorporated into the stone row. The interior is a level surface cut 0.5 metres into the slope.


English Heritage, 2005, Industrial Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV346396.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 19/9/1991 (Website). SDV360651.

SX 65919 86069 As described by the Ordnance Survey (1974). However the feature is clearly terraced into the natural slope which makes its interpretation as a cairn very unlikely. The small earthfast slabs have been laid against the cut scarp into the natural apparently as an informal revetment. It seems therefore that the feature is a stance of some kind.
Its relationship with the stone row is uncertain. See survey `The Shovel Down Stone Rows' (Parts I and II) at 1:200 scale (citing Wilson-North, R., 19/09/1991, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 46 73/d30.
SDV254352Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX68NE54. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. 16/7/1974.
SDV274180Report - Survey: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1976. Report and plan of the Shovel Down stone rows. dartmoor National Park Authority. Digital. 13/8/1976.
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 220.
SDV346396Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005. Industrial Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #4819 ]
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 19/9/1991.

Associated Monuments

MDV6168Related to: Alignment A on Shovel Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6198 - Geophysical Survey on Shovel Down and Kes Tor

Date Last Edited:Jul 20 2018 10:25AM