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HER Number:MDV13287
Name:Ring cairn west of Dockwell


Ring cairn on west of Dockwell Ridge. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 693 637
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Brent
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH BRENT

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Bronze Age ring-cairn on Dockwell Ridge, north-west of another Bronze Age cairn

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/153
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 4042-4043 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Robinson, R., 1978, South Brent (Un-published). SDV137445.

Ring cairn at Dockwell gate. This structure lies on the open moor just beyond the Dockwell moor gate on the south-facing slope of Dockwell Ridge, in an area of turf and gorse with a lot of loose granite boulders. It lies roughly 100 meters from the corner of the wall enclosing 'Round Park'. It consists of a circular ring of granite boulders 13.0 meters in diameter, 0.5 meters in height and 1.0-2.0 meters in width, the centre being roughly at ground level and turf covered. A suggestion of a platform or levelling of the ground could imply that this is a very large hut circle but the likeliest interpretation is that it is a ring cairn. (Visited at some point during May 1978, Robinson, R.).
Considered that a ring cairn was the nature of the site. (Visited at some point during October 1978, Greeves, T. A. P.).

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

This ring cairn looks more like a hut circle on 1948 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

SDV137445Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1978. South Brent. Parish Checklist.
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4042-4043.
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.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #80851 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV13404Related to: Worked stone near Dockwell Gate (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 9:29AM