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HER Number:MDV13027
Name:Cairn on Shovel Down, 370 metres east-north-east off Stonetor Hill

Summary

A turf-covered stony cairn on the moderate west-facing slope of Shovel Down first recorded by the Ordnance Survey in 1974. It measures 6.5 metres in diameter with a maximum height of 7.5 metres. The top displays two amorphous hollows about 1.0 metre across and 0.15 metres deep. A disturbed cist (MDV13023) lies 55 metres west-north-west (1991 Shovel Down Survey).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 653 856
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 68 NE 52
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/102
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Pastscape: 443629

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX68NE52 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV256038.

(17/7/1974) At SX 6532 8562 there is a turf covered cairn 7.0 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres in height. It is on a south-western slope some 200 metres south of the nearest settlement and field system. The cairn is small but this is not unusual in the area and is presumed to be sepulchral and of Bronze Age date. Surveyed at 1:2500.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1947 photos.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 143991, 1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(Visited 1997) Round cairn, diameter 7.0 metres, height 0.8 metres. Lies close to area of pit cutting, but is probably a cairn because at least two stones of its core are visible.


Probert, S. A. J., 1991, Shovel Down Survey (Report - Survey). SDV359365.

(16/8/1991) SX 65328562. A turf-covered stony cairn situated amongst peat cuttings on the moderate west-facing slope of Shovel Down. It measures 6.5 metres in diameter with a maximum height of 7.5 metres. The top displays two amorphous hollows about 1.0 metre across and 0.15 metres deep. A disturbed cist (SX 68 NE 75/MDV13023) lies 55 metres west-north-west.


Agricultural Development Advisory Service, 1995, ADAS Record Sheet (Report - Survey). SDV255997.

(Visited 13/2/1995) Condition stable.


Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Remains of the cairn appear to be visible on this aerial photograph; a roughly circular area can be identified.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV255997Report - Survey: Agricultural Development Advisory Service. 1995. ADAS Record Sheet. Agricultural Development Advisory Service. Unknown.
SDV256038Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX68NE52. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 143991, 1997.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV359365Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1991. Shovel Down Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #119029 ]
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).

Associated Monuments

MDV13023Related to: Ruined cist on Shovel Down, 330 metres east-north-east off Stonetor Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jul 30 2019 10:28AM