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HER Number:MDV18390
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 629 723
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: 620086
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/113
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX6372 (Aerial Photograph). SDV279433.

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

Irregularly shaped sub-circular cairn with a maximum diameter of approximately 4.5 meters and a maximum height of 0.5 meters. Mostly constructed of small stones but there is a large granite slab on the east around which the cairn may have been constructed. There is a shallow linear slot in the centre of the cairn aligned east-south-east by west-north-west and measuring 2.0 meters by 0.6 meters width.

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

Visible and recorded.

Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV279436.

This small partially turf-covered cairn lies at SX62907230 on a slight saddle between two high points at 354 meters above sea level in moorland pasture and is surrounded by tin pits. It has been built against a large boulder and is composed of small granite and quartz boulders and stones, some very angular in shape. It measures 4.8 meters north-south by 4.2 meters east-west and a maximum 0.7 meters high, its slopes and perimeter are very sharply defined. The trench or slot cut into the top is 2.2 meters long, 0.55 meters wide and 0.3 meters deep. There is no evidence of a kerb or cist. It is doubtful that this is a prehistoric cairn and may simply be a mound of stone clearance material or more likely 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.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV279433Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX6372. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV279436Report - 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: #82222 ]
SDV345837Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Worksheet. Worksheet.

Associated Monuments

MDV18388Related to: Cairn east of Royal Hill (Monument)
MDV18389Related to: Cairn east of Royal Hill (Monument)
MDV54460Related to: Ring cairn east of Royal Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 25 2013 12:18PM