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HER Number:MDV13285
Name:Cairn north of Dockwell Ridge, South Brent


Cairn on the north of Dockwell Ridge. Cairn on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 686 643
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cairn north of Dockwell Ridge, circa 170 metres south of line of boundary stones

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/151
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Glanville, P., 07/12/1990, Cairn on Dockwell Ridge (Worksheet). SDV163202.

Site visit 7th December 2012. A number of stones set tangentially to the cairn forming possible multiple stone circles.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 4270 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

Robinson, R., 1978, Barrow (Worksheet). SDV150050.

Site visit May 1978. Barrow on Dockwell Ridge. This barrow built of granite, overgrown by turf and bilberry lies almost due south of the boundary stone at SX68656455 at roughly 200 metres distance, on Dockwell Ridge. It was first observed by Mr. J. Turner. There are no signs of a surrounding ditch. It is less gorse-covered than the surrounding land, which is densely overgrown by it. Cairn measures 12.0 metres in diameter, height 0.5 metres.

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

Site visible on Royal Air Force aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 110, Map 57 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn at SX68706437 of 12.5 metres by 0.6 metres high built on the crest of the Dockwell Ridge facing Gripper's Hill. Its pitted surface revealing several concentric rings of small slabs.

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.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on aerial photograph.

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

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX66SE100 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV163201.

Site visit 30th June 1977. Situated on the flat summit of Dockwell Ridge at approximately 345 metres is a turf covered cairn measuring 12.3 metres in diameter and 0.6 metres in height. In a ruinous state. A few stones of a possible retaining circle are in situ.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV150050Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1978. Barrow. South Brent Parish Checklist. Worksheet.
SDV163201Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX66SE100. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV163202Worksheet: Glanville, P.. 07/12/1990. Cairn on Dockwell Ridge. Worksheet. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4270.
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. 110, Map 57.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV5745Related to: Cairn 90 metres west of enclosures on Dockwell Ridge, South Brent (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 24 2021 12:47PM