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HER Number:MDV18388
Name:Cairn east of Royal Hill


Remains of an oval cairn to the east of Royal Hill. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 629 722
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Group of four prehistoric cairns east of Royal Hill

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 620073
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/111
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1982, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV345837.

Tor Royal Newtake. A large low oval cairn of small stones perhaps originally with a double ring bank. Other details: Plan.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible.

Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV279065.

Disturbed and mutilated feature on a shallow north-west slope at SX62967224 in stone-free moorland pasture, surrounded by tin pits and upcast mounds. Visible as a very low circular turf covered stony spread approximately 12 meters in diameter enclosed by a stony bank measuring a maximum 1.8 meters width and 0.3 meters high on the east side which fades on north and south sides. There is no evidence of kerbs, cist slabs or boulders. The disturbed interior has an off-centre approximately 4.6 meter diameter shallow hollow with upcast mound which may be the result of an excavation. This may be Greeves' oval cairn (1982), though it is not as large. May represent the disturbed remains of a ring cairn similar to that 74 meters to the north-east.
Greeves' plan shows a concentric double ring bank with overall diameters of 17.5 meters and 13 meters. The outer bank visible only in the eastern quadrant.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 66 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Disturbed ring cairn consisting of a stone ring 8.0 meters in diameter internally with bank 1.0 meter wide and 0.2 meters high. Other details: A18.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

National Monuments Record, 2010, 620073 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV279064.

Other details: SX67SW220.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 66.
SDV279064National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 620073. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV279065Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82220 ]
SDV345837Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Worksheet. Worksheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV18389Related to: Cairn east of Royal Hill (Monument)
MDV18390Related to: Cairn east of Royal Hill (Monument)
MDV54460Related to: Ring cairn east of Royal Hill (Monument)
MDV6261Related to: Stone circle 270 meters north-west of Swincombe intake (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 9:31AM