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HER Number:MDV13177
Name:Round cairn on the summit of Great Gnat's Head


Vis=7/6/1950 (os) a turf covered cairn surmounted by a small cone of stones.12.5m diameter, 0.6m high.


Grid Reference:SX 616 679
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/71
  • Old SAM Ref: 10751

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description


A modern stone pile sits on the centre of the cairn (mpp).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144641.

Cairn shown on os 6" 1968. Grinsell's shaugh prior no 2. Diam 12.0m, height 0.6m.

GRINSELL + TRAHAIR, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV144642.

Vis=18/9/1974 (grinsell + trahair) mutilated cairn crowned by stone heap.

NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV144646.

Vis=12/9/1978 (os) a flattish cairn, 12m diam, 0.6m high, turf covered except in the centre where an area 5m across has been dug into to create a modern cairn 2.5m in diam and 1.7m high (nmr, citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144647.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144648.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)/162.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144649.

Thackray, c.(ed)/the upper plym valley: the management of an historic landscape/(1994)306/102.1202.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV144650.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=7/6/1950 (os) a turf covered cairn surmounted by a small cone of stones.12.5m diameter, 0.6m high.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV26818.

Not visible on raf 1946/7 aps (rchm app 1985).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV144641Migrated Record:
SDV144642Report - Survey: GRINSELL + TRAHAIR.
SDV144646Report - Survey: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV144647Migrated Record:
SDV144648Migrated Record:
SDV144649Migrated Record:
SDV144650Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV26818Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 10:15AM