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HER Number:MDV13485
Name:Mound or cairn south of Piles Hill stone row on the summit of Piles Hill, Harford


Mound or cairn south of Piles Hill stone row on the summit of Piles Hill


Grid Reference:SX 653 610
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SE108
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/342
  • Old SAM County Ref: 10561
  • Pastscape: 442081
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Alternate Type) CAIRN (Constructed, Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC)
  • MOUND (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1979, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

Site visited on 8th June 1976. North-east of the two prominent cairns on Piles Hill, at 48 metres from the more northerly of the two. On flat, grassy ground which forms the plateau of Piles Hill. A low grass-covered round cairn which has the appearance of not having been disturbed. The mound has not been hollowed. This cairn is much smaller and quite different in character from the other two cairns on piles hill. A burial-type mound. Diameter is 9.40 metres, height less than 0.50 metres and altitude circa 398 metres above OD.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 140 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 23rd June 1973. Cairn on Piles Hill. Grass covered. Diameter 10 metres, height 0.3 metres.

National Monuments Record, 1980, NMR SF1743, 76-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV161746.

Photograph taken on 9th April 1980).

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

Small cairn visible aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 64, Map 54, Figure 54.22 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn '1' at SX65356103 is 15 metres to the south of Piles Hill double stone row of 9.0 metres diametrer by 0.3 metres high.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UG34 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited in 2017 prior to this project starting; not revisited. Condition assessed as very good.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 442081, SX66SE108 (Website). SDV363416.

At SX 65356104, 100 metres north-east of a cairn, there is a circular mound measuring 8.5 metres in
overall diameter and 0.3 metres high with a flat top 4.5 metres across. It is not an obvious cairn since the mound appears to be of soil with no surface stone. There is however nothing to suggest that it is of modern origin and it is possibly a small bowl barrow, or perhaps an old peat mound.

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

'Mound' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV161746Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1980. NMR SF1743. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 76-7.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 140.
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. 64, Map 54, Figure 54.22.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UG34.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 442081, SX66SE108.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #80930 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5708Related to: Cairn on Piles Hill south of Piles Hill stone row, Harford (Monument)
MDV25676Related to: Cairn on Piles Hill south of Piles Hill stone row, Harford (Monument)
MDV5662Related to: Stone alignment on Piles Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV5763Related to: Summit cairn on Piles Hill, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 21 2021 11:47AM