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HER Number:MDV18389
Name:Cairn east of Royal Hill


Cairn possibly associated with tin working east of Royal Hill. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 630 722
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

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/112
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Post Medieval to XXI - 1540 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

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

Small circular cairn with maximum height of approximately 0.7 meters with a sub-circular pit in its centre 1.0 meter in diameter and 0.35 meters deep. The maximum diameter of the cairn is 4.3 meters. Several small stones are visible in the cairn and one large stone (0.8 x 0.6 meters) on its north side. A tinner's trial pit abuts the cairn on its east-north-east side though the cairn appears to be intact (the pit in the centre may be an ancient robbery).

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

Not visible.

Probert, S. A. J., 1989, RCHME Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV234023.

This small partially turf-covered cairn lies at SX62997226 near the crest of a rounded high point at 355 meters above sea level in moorland pasture. It is apparently composed of small granite quartz boulders and stones (although one is large, measuring 0.6 meters high) with a circular central pit 0.35 meters high. There is no evidence of a kerb or cist and its perimeter is well-defined. The adjacent tin pit is similar to many others in the vicinity. It is doubtful this is a prehistoric cairn and although it is not an upcast mound of a tin pit it may be associated with the tin workings, perhaps a tinners boundary mark.

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, 620093 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV279053.

Other details: SX67SW223.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV234023Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV279053National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 620093. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
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: #82221 ]
SDV345837Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Worksheet. Worksheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV18390Related to: Cairn east of Royal Hill (Monument)
MDV18388Related 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:Jan 25 2013 12:16PM