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HER Number:MDV14690
Name:Cairn 550 metres north of Beardown Tor


Cairn stone ring 4 metres in diameter with cist 0.45 by 0.10 metres. Capstone on western side of cairn.


Grid Reference:SX 603 780
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/119
  • Old SAM Ref: 34476

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

OS CITING GRINSELL, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV227498.

Vis=12/6/1976 (grinsell) diameter 4.5m, height 0.25m. The retaining circle encloses a cist aligned almost n-s, with a capstone to the west(os citing grinsell).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV227499.

Not visible on raf 1951 ap (rchm app 1985).

TURNER, 1990, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV227500.

Turner (1990) gives ngr as sx60337808. Platform circle, ring of kerbstones, 4.5m internal diam, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.3m high, with central cist. The kerb stones are small and quite spaced (turner, 1990).

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV227501.

Vis=24/4/1980 (os) cairn with a cist. The cairn, 4.5m by 5.6m and 0.4m high has spread over the remains of a contiguous kerb 4.6m in diameter. The cist measures 1.25m by 0.6m and is 0.65m deep. It is aligned ns with its coverstone to the north west (nmr citing os).

NMR CITING PROBERT, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV227502.

Vis=20/7/1988 (rchm) cairn and cist. The turf covered cairn, 4.4m diameter, 0.3m high is largely encircled by a kerb of small upright slabs, 0.3m high. The cist, oriented almost n-s, is 1.2m by a maximum of 0.7m and 0.6m deep. Three of the cist slabs lean inwards at the top, the fourth, e slab remains upright. The bottom of the cist contains several slabs. The coverstone is visible to the nw partially buried in the cairn. An accumulation of peat around the cairn has been disturbed n the w by digging (nmr citing probert).

AM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV227503.

Cairn and cist 400m east of lydford tor. Cairn survives as a 5m diameter flat-topped mound up to 0.6m high. Edge set kerb stones protrude up to 0.25m around the western side. The central cist oriented north to south is 1.23m x 0.65m deep. A large slab lying a short distance to the north represents a coverstone (am).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV227504.

Turner, j. /das newsletter/9 jan(1978)3/fieldwork on dartmoor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV227505.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)148/lydford 41a.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV227506.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV227507.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)47 75 fig 18/e27.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV227508.

Des=probert, s. A. J. /(20/7/1988)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV227509.

Des=ancient monuments/(21/1/2004)/as above.

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Vis=-/-/1976 (turner) north of beardown. Cairn stone ring.4m diameter. Cist 45 x 106cm diameter. Capstone on w side of cairn(turner).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV227498Report - Survey: OS CITING GRINSELL.
SDV227499Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV227500Migrated Record: TURNER, 1990.
SDV227501Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV227502Report - Survey: NMR CITING PROBERT.
SDV227503Migrated Record: AM.
SDV227504Migrated Record:
SDV227505Migrated Record:
SDV227506Migrated Record:
SDV227507Migrated Record:
SDV227508Migrated Record:
SDV227509Migrated Record:
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..

Associated Monuments

MDV105668Related to: Streamworks north of Beardown Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2015 10:34AM