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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

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Yes): NI Site
  • National Monuments Record: SX66SE156
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 901584
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/153

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

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 Parish Checklist (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.).

Robinson, R., 1980, An Archaeological Check-List for South Brent, 8 (Report - non-specific). SDV150007.

An extant Bronze Age ring-cairn is located at Dockwell Gate, SX69306373.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). 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. Parish Checklist.
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4042-4043.
SDV150007Report - non-specific: Robinson, R.. 1980. An Archaeological Check-List for South Brent. DAS/DCRA Publication. 8. A4 Comb Bound. 8.
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.
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

MDV13288Related to: Cairn 460 metres west of Dockwell Farm (Monument)
MDV13404Related to: Worked stone near Dockwell Gate (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 14 2022 1:45PM