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HER Number:MDV134390
Name:Enclosure attached to cairn between Wild Tor and Gallaven Mire, Throwleigh


Enclosure of 130 metres by 105 metres attached to a cairn on slightly elevated ground between Wild Tor Well and Gallaven Mire


Grid Reference:SX 628 881
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishThrowleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTHROWLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133292 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(16/11/1993) Round cairn and enclosure 930 metres south of Hound Tor. Round cairn [MPP 133291] attached to an enclosure [MPP 133292].

Cartographic Engineering, 2006, Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345590.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Historic England, 2023, National Heritage List for England, 1010781 (National Heritage List for England). SDV365228.

This monument includes a round cairn attached to an enclosure situated on a gentle east facing slope overlooking Gallaven Mire. The cairn is attached to an enclosure boundary wall which partly surrounds an area measuring 130 metres east to west by 105 metres north to south. Only three sides of the boundary are visible, with the southern side being either never completed or surviving as a buried feature. The eastern length includes a rubble wall measuring 1.4 metres wide and standing up to 0.5 metres high, whilst the northern length survives as a 3 metres wide and 0.5 metres high bank. The western length survives as a lyncheted bank measuring 3.7 metres wide overall, 0.4 metres high on the upslope and 0.8 metres high on the downslope. Field evidence suggests that the cairn and enclosure are contemporary and therefore the enclosure may have served some ritual purpose.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133292.
SDV345590Aerial Photograph: Cartographic Engineering. 2006. Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital. [Mapped feature: #141435 ]
SDV365228National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2023. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1010781.

Associated Monuments

MDV4370Related to: Cairn between Wild Tor and Gallaven Mire, Throwleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8510 - Excavation at cairn north-east of Wild Tor, Throwleigh
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range

Date Last Edited:Nov 6 2023 10:35AM