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HER Number:MDV13278
Name:Brent Fore Hill cairn


Cairn on Old Hill. 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

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/144
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (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.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66SE91 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV148623.

This cairn 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.

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 (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photograph.

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.

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.
SDV148623Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66SE91. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 169.
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.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 9:17AM