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HER Number:MDV14310
Name:Ring cairn north-east of settlement to north of Hart Tor, Walkhampton

Summary

Ring cairn to the north-east of the settlement to the north of Hart Tor recorded in the 19th century as containing a 'dilapidated kistvaen'

Location

Grid Reference:SX 581 727
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE102
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/164

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Rowe, S., 1848, Perambulation of Dartmoor, 206 (Monograph). SDV154476.

North-west of a number of hut circles. Is a cairn containing a dilapidated kistvaen.

Spence Bate, C., 1870-1871, On the Prehistoric Antiquities of Dartmoor, 510 (Article in Serial). SDV277110.

Worth, R. N., 1882, 4th Report of the Barrow Committee, 157 (Article in Serial). SDV295057.

Under North Hessary Tor in the vicinity of an ancient streamwork and north-west of a number of hut circles on a west facing slope is a much dilapidated cairn with a cist or a double cist.

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV231148.

A cist listed at "old rifle range, Hessary" (possibly refers to the rifle range about SX581725.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 174, 180, Walkhampton 10 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 29th May 1976. Circle of close set stones: almost a kerb circle, interior flat and no sign of cist. Diameter 8.0 metres, height 0.3 metres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57SE102, SX57SE102 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV230856.

Site visited on 17th June 1980. At SX58197270 on a west facing slope at 390 metres OD is a cairn
The uneven and heather-covered interior is 7.2 metres in diameter with contiguous slabs, 0.9 metres long, 0.3 metres high, visible for over one half of the circumference, with one considerably larger than the rest. The stones form a kerb, surrounding a former mound, apparently been stripped out. No cist or cists are visible but an elongated depression 2.0 metres by 4.0 metres in the south-west quadrant may represent their former position.

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

Not visible on 1946 aerial photographs.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 73, E5 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of orthostats, 7.5 metres internal diam, with flat-topped infilling 0.4 metres high. Cairn material outside circle on south and north-east sides.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130636 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Despite partial excavation this ring cairn survives comparatively well and lies close to a large unenclosed stone hut circle settlement. Important environmental and structural evidence exists within the cairn.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 53-54, Map 46, Figure 46.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Cairn of 8.0 metres diameter by 0.4 metres high lies about 100 metres to the north of the settlement at 'Hart Tor North' and is apparently associated with it. The mound was probably never much higher than the tops of the kerb retaining circle but the stones have been thrown out in all directions almost down to ground level, probably in recent times as the 'dilapidated kistvaen' recorded by Rowe is no longer visible. One slab on the west side of the circle rises prominently above the rest.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

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

Visited 09 July 2019. Slight grass and molinia cover. A notable upright stone on the west side. Good condition. Photo taken

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Visited 09 July 2019. Photo taken including the notable rock. Looking uphill from the west towards the east.

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

Cairn shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1011181 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This monument includes a ring cairn situated on a gentle west-facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Meavy. The cairn survives as a ring of close-set stones standing up to 0.8 metres high, surrounding an internal area with a diameter of 8.0 metres. A central hollow measuring 3 metres long, 2.2 metres wide and 0.15 metres deep may be the site of the cist recorded by Rowe in 1848.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 53-54, Map 46, Figure 46.1.
SDV154476Monograph: Rowe, S.. 1848. Perambulation of Dartmoor. 206.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 73, E5.
SDV230856Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57SE102. OSAD Card. Card Index. SX57SE102.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 174, 180, Walkhampton 10.
SDV277110Article in Serial: Spence Bate, C.. 1870-1871. On the Prehistoric Antiquities of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 4. Digital. 510.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130636.
SDV295057Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1882. 4th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 14. Digital. 157.
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.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #129604 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1011181.

Associated Monuments

MDV3791Related to: Unenclosed hut circle settlement north of Hart Tor, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7517 - Survey of Har Tor tin works
  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Apr 9 2021 9:16AM