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HER Number:MDV15372
Name:Cairn 400 metres north-west of Mis Tor Farm, Dartmoor Forest


Remains of a cairn of 20.0 metres diameter by 0.5 metres high 400 metres to the north of Mis Tor Farm


Grid Reference:SX 569 759
Map Sheet:SX57NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a Bronze age cairn on Walkhamton Common, north-west of Mis Tor Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NE49
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439713
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NE/67
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX57NE100

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Triangulation point shown on 19th century map at this location.

Prowse, A. B., 1906, The Forest Bounds Near Princetown, 415, Map (Article in Serial). SDV250087.

Base of ancient tumulus, about 20 metres in diameter, may have formed a bound of the ancient boundary between Lydford and Walkhampton parishes.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 147 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Visited February 1977) SX 56927595 Base of cairn despoiled for building of nearby wall. Diameter 20 metres, height 0.5 metres.

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 38-9 71 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Embanked stone circle, annular bank of earth and/or stones with outer edge of orthostats.20.5m internal diamETER, with bank 1.5m wide and 0.2m high.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 78, 240, Map 30, Site 17 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Little Mis Tor SE cairn at SX56927595 of 22.0 metres diameter by 0.4 metres high. This large but low cairn has suffered some trenching around the eastern side. An outer bank 22 metres across surrounds a level interior rising to a small mound at the centre on which are lying several small stones. The few slabs visible within the bank show that it was built with inner and outer faces around a rubble core.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(16/09/1994) SX 56927595. A well preserved cairn located within the Prison Farm on the crest of a short ridge running south-east from Little Mis Tor. The site possesses magnificent views over West Devon and Cornwall. Overall the circular feature measures 20.5m in diameter and is a maximum of 0.9m high. It takes the form of a raised platform, slightly domed in the centre, approximately 0.5m above current ground level; it is enclosed by an unbroken bank which is 2.0m wide and stands 0.4m high above the platform. The bank contains several large boulders and slabs, especially on the south-west where they appear to form an interior facing. There is no sign of antiquarian delvings or wallstone quarrying.

Probert, S. A. J., 2002, Dartmoor Prison Farm, Devon. An Archaeological Survey and Evaluation, 4, fig (Report - Survey). SDV364452.

[439712] SX 56927594 A well preserved cairn 20.5m in diameter and standing 0.9m high. A bank, 2.0m wide and 0.5m high, encloses the otherwise flat top of this feature.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Cairn shown on survey.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour aerial photography for Dartmoor (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Cairn is clearly visible on the aerial photography.

Historic England, 2021-2022, NRHE to HER website, Accessed 23/08/2021 (Website). SDV364039.

Visited 06-Aug-2002. No Change (citing Probert SAJ 03-AUG-2002 EH Field Investigation).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card, unknown, SX57NE100, SX57NE100 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV250331.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 78, 240, Map 30, Site 17.
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. 38-9 71.
SDV250087Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1906. The Forest Bounds Near Princetown. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 38. 415, Map.
SDV250331Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. unknown. SX57NE100. OSAD Card. Card Index. SX57NE100.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 147.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81569 ]
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour aerial photography for Dartmoor (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV364039Website: Historic England. 2021-2022. NRHE to HER website. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/NRHE. Website. Accessed 23/08/2021.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8714 - Survey of Dartmoor Prison Farm (Ref: AI//37/2002)

Date Last Edited:Jan 24 2023 10:44AM