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HER Number:MDV13174
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. The site was assessed in 1997 but was not scheduled.


Grid Reference:SX 620 663
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NW181
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1568908
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/69

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (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.

About 40 metres east of the cairn at Langcombe Head lies a heather covered cairn. Diameter 12 metres, height 0.5 metres.

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

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

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

Considered under the Monument Protection Programme by previous Monument Protection Programme Advisor who did not recommend it for scheduling.
Report dated 01/01/1997 - 31/03/1997:
There are many mounds in this vicinity. They each have a relatively steep profile and given that they are composed entirely of peat they are extremely unlikely to be 4000 years old. This mound is unlikely to be a barrow. Site visited 01-JAN-1997 to 31-MAR-1997 and assessed for scheduling. It was not scheduled as it was not considered to be of national importance.

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

An unlikely cairn. This feature is most likely to be a charcoal hearth or meiler, one of a cluster of at least ten examples in the area.

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. [Mapped feature: #4925 ]
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 2:56PM