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HER Number:MDV13205
Name:Inner Pupers Cairn on Buckfastleigh Moor, West Buckfastleigh

Summary

Inner Pupers cairn, 260 metres east of Puper's Rock, Buckfastleigh Moor. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 675 674
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Inner Pupers Cairn. Earthwork and stones of a Bronze Age ring cairn around a granite outcrop, Buckfastleigh Moor

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NE63
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/125
  • Pastscape: 441533
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Inner Puppers' cairn shown on 19th century map.

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

Not visible on aerial photograph.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 37 69 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Inner Pupers ring cairn encircles a large flat-topped granite outcrop. Internal diameter measures 13 meters, with 2.5 meter wide bank 0.5 meters high. Other details: A60.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 170-1, Map 58 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Inner Pupers cairn at SX67566740 of 21.5 metres diameter by 1.0 metres high. The rocks are included on the perimeter of a circular bank 21.5 metres across as well as taking up much of the interior space. The enclosed area has been artificially raised about 0.4 metres above the surrounding ground level and does not seem to have been seriously dug into.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor, 33617 (Un-published). SDV345444.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

'Inner Pupers Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 441533, SX66NE63 (Website). SDV363416.

The rock outcrop known as Inner Pupers is encompassed by a cairn of 13.0 meters overall diameter. It takes the shape of a platform 0.4 meters high around the rock, with a rim 1.5 meters wide and a further 0.4 meters high. Of small stones, with further 'natural' slabs protrude through.
Field Investigation on 10th December 1977. At SX 67556741 at 455 metres OD, on the flattish top of Pupers Hill, there is a rock outcrop known as Inner Pupers. The rock is oriented north to south and probably about 9.0 metres long and 3.0 metres wide though the southern half is concealed, and from 1.4 metres to 2.5 metres high. Save where it obtrudes to the north the outcrop is encompassed, pincer fashion by a cairn of 13.0 metres overall diameter. It takes the shape of a platform, 0.4 metres high, around the rock, with a rim 1.5 metres wide and a further 0.4 metres high. The construction is of small stones though large 'natural' slabs protrude from the top of the cairn and around the sides. It is a curious hybrid being neither a simple "tor cairn", with stones heaped against an outcrop, nor a proper rimmed platform cairn.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 37 69.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 170-1, Map 58.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #80814 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital. 33617.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 441533, SX66NE63.

Associated Monuments

MDV13190Related to: Cairn 500 metres east of Puper's Rock, West Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV13191Related to: Cairn 80 metres north-east of Puper's Rock, West Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV5219Related to: Cairn at Puper's Rock on Buckfastleigh Moor, West Buckfastleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Mar 2 2021 11:10AM