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HER Number:MDV13173
Name:Heather-covered cairn or peat burning platform at Lancombe Head, Shaugh Prior


Heather-covered mound at Lancombe Head thought to be a cairn but more likely to be one of the peat burning features


Grid Reference:SX 619 663
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NW180
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1568903
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/68

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE (Constructed, Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • PEAT STAND (Constructed, XIII to XIX - 1201 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Robinson, R., 1979, Possible cairns at Langcombe Head (Worksheet). SDV144578.

Almost adjoining another recorded cairn at Lancombe Head, a circular heather covered cairn. Diameter 16 metres, height 0.75 metres.

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

Not visible on 1946/7 Royal Air Force aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report, 31/1/1997 (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

(Visited between 01/01/1997 - 31/03/1997) This mound has a relatively steep profile is entirely composed of peat and is therefore unlikely to represent a prehistoric burial mound. The ridge on which this mound stands has over 100 similar examples. They may be the result of natural erosion or ancient peat cutting. Considered under the Monument Protection Programme, but not recommended for scheduling.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A group of earth mounds formerly recorded as barrows or cairns are more likely to be charcoal burning mounds or meilers

Sources / Further Reading

SDV144578Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1979. Possible cairns at Langcombe Head. Worksheet. Unknown.
SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown. 31/1/1997. [Mapped feature: #4924 ]
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

MDV48107Related to: Boundary stone between the Parishes of Shaugh Prior and Cornwood, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV122892Related to: Charcoal burning platforms on Langcombe Hill. Shaugh Prior (Monument)
MDV5124Related to: Peat mound once thought to be a barrow, Shaugh Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Apr 13 2021 3:01PM