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HER Number:MDV18388
Name:Cairn east of Royal Hill, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Cairn '5' (Butler) remains of an oval cairn to the east of Royal Hill. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

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: SX67SW220
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/111
  • Pastscape: 620073
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 1501 BC (Between))

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1982, Royal Hill Cairns (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 (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 66, A18 (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.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 213-4, Map 63, Figure 63.1 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn '5' at SX62967226 of 11 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high seems to have been constructed with an outer bank surrounding a low mound at the centre, now a pile of rubble displaced to one side.

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 (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Cairn shown on survey.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 620073, SX67SW220 (Website). SDV363416.

The plan depicts a concentric double ring bank with overall diameters of 17.5 metres and 13.0 metres; the outer bank is visible only in the east quadrant. It is described as possibly a cairn which shows as a circular spread of paler grass with multiple concentric rings of stones.
Field Investigation on 24th April 1989. At SX 62967224 a disturbed and mutilated feature lies on a shallow north-west slope in stone-free moorland pasture at 355 metres OD, surrounded by tin pits and upcast mounds. Visible as a very low circular turf-covered stony spread about 12 metres in overall diameter it is enclosed by a stony bank at best 1.8 metres wide and 0.3 metres high on the east side which fades on the north and south sides. There is no evidence of a kerb, cist slabs or boulders. The disturbed interior has an off-centre circa 4.6 metres in diameter shallow ?excavation hollow accompanied by upcast mound. It may represent the disturbed remains of a ring cairn.

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, A18.
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. 213-4, Map 63, Figure 63.1.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82220 ]
SDV345837Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Royal Hill Cairns. Worksheet. Worksheet.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 620073, SX67SW220.

Associated Monuments

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

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8146 - Royal Commission Survey at Down Ridge and Swincombe
  • EDV8628 - Tor Royal Farm Duchy Farms Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 11 2021 10:26AM