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HER Number:MDV13278
Name:Cairn on Old Hill between the Red Brook and Middle Brook, South Brent


Cairn on Old Hill between the Red Brook and Middle Brook. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 663 629
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cairn on Old Hill between Red Book and Middle Brook

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SE91
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/144
  • Pastscape: 442030
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 3047 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Robinson, R., 1977, Cairn on Old Hill (Worksheet). SDV148620.

This cairn lies on Old Hill on the watershed between the Red Brook and the Middle Brook. It shows on the 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photograph but does not readily appear on any skyline. Diameter measures 16.0 meters, height 1.0 meters with a pronounced hollow to the west of the centre. This cairn is composed of stone largely overgrown with turf and heather. This cairn is crest sited when viewed from the enclosed hut group centred at SX66956360 but it is not visible after walking about 50.0 meters uphill from the upper edge of the enclosure.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 169 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Cairn with hollow centre, diameter 15.0 meters, height 1.0 meter. (Visited 30/6/1977)

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

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 160, Map 57 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Old Hill cairn at SX66346298 on the crest of the hill of 14 metres diameter by 0.7 metres high. Despite some pitting in the centre it retains a good shape and very few stones show through its canopy of turf.

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

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 442030, SX66SE91 (Website). SDV363416.

Field Investigation on 20th July 1977. This cairn at SX66356299 is on a level area on the north slopes of Old Hill at approximately 380 meters above sea level. Its diameter is 15.5 meters and its height 0.7 meters and it consists of a mound of earth, turf and heather covered, with no stones visible. There are two small depressions near the centre.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3047.
SDV148620Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1977. Cairn on Old Hill. South Brent Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 169.
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.
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. 160, Map 57.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 442030, SX66SE91.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80845 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 27 2021 11:36AM