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HER Number:MDV13175
Name:Possible cairns at Langcombe Head


Identified in the 1970s as possible cairns, these have since been confirmed as peat mounds; not prehistoric in date.


Grid Reference:SX 619 662
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/70

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE? (Early Medieval to Modern - 1066 AD to 2013 AD (Between))

Full description

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

A group of 'very doubtful cairns', possibly natural features caused by differential erosion.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

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

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report, 30/1/1997 (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

These mounds are composed entirely of peat have a relatively steep profile. They are extremely unlikely to be 4000 years old and are certainly not cairns. Considered under Monument Protection Programme, but not recommended for scheduling.

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. 30/1/1997.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.

Associated Monuments

MDV122892Related to: Charcoal burning platforms on Langcombe Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 10 2018 2:13PM