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HER Number:MDV13039
Name:Group of cairns on Chagford Common


Nine small cairns on Chagford Common were examined by Baring-Gould (1901). Grinsell suggests this as a possible location but presumably didn't locate all the cairns; he indicates that MDV13036-13038 may be three of the group recorded by Gould.


Grid Reference:SX 675 830
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68SE103
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443914
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/146
  • Old SAM Ref: 28728
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX68SE103

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1901, 7th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 137 (Article in Serial). SDV249499.

S. Baring-Gould excavated 'nine small cairns on Chagford Common' all yielded charcoal, four had pits in them, and in one the pit contained burnt bone as well as charcoal.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 135, Chagford 10 (a-i) (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Grinsell notes nine small cairns on Chagford Common, (SX 6783) which were examined by Baring-Gould. "These all rendered some wood charcoal; four of these had pits in the 'calm' from 8 to 20 inches in diameter, and in one of these burnt bones as well as wood charcoal were observed".
Grinsell suggests above NGR, and says that three of them could be SX68SE/143-145.

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

Not visible on RAF / NMR photos.

Ancient Monuments, 2000, Schedule note (Schedule Document). SDV253210.

(2000) Appears to lie within scheduled area SAM 28728 'Three agglomerated enclosures containing stone hut circles, a cairn cemetery, post-medieval fields and tinworks on Chagford Common'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV249499Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1901. 7th Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Digital. 137.
SDV253210Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 2000. Schedule note. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 135, Chagford 10 (a-i). [Mapped feature: #4840 ]
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV13036Related to: Cairn forming part of a cemetery on Chagford Common (Monument)
MDV13037Related to: Cairn forming part of a cemetery on Chagford Common (Monument)
MDV13038Related to: Cairn forming part of a cemetery on Chagford Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7505 - Boveycombehedd, Chagford: An Archaeological Investigation of a Diachronic Landscape
  • EDV8520 - Cairn investigated, Chagford Common

Date Last Edited:May 4 2022 11:51AM