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HER Number:MDV18391
Name:Cairn on Royal Hill, south of the Crock of Gold cist


Cairn on Royal Hill, 280 meters south of the “Crock of Gold” cist. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 612 727
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a Bronze age cairn and cist on Royal Hill, south of the Crock of Gold cist

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 619845
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/114
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1982, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV279373.

Well preserved cairn and cist due south of the Crock of Gold cist (PRN 6308). Oval grass-covered cairn with diameter 8.0 meters by 7.2 meters, maximum height 0.75 meters. On top of the cairn at its centre is a stone cist with three granite slabs, visible internal dimensions 0.56 meters by 0.65 meters. A slab lies 0.85 meters south of outer edge, possibly the remnant of a retaining circle. Also possible remnant of an outer retaining circle.

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

Not visible.

Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV279374.

A cairn and cist at SX61297278 is upon an area of moorland pasture on the broad summit of Royal Hill. The cairn has overall diameters of 7.4 meters east to west, and 6.5 meters north to south, and is about 0.5 meters high. It is turf-covered, but the tops of three stones of an inner retaining circle are exposed to a height of 0.3 meters. The largest is 1.1 meters long and 0.2 meters thick. Towards the eastern edge of the cairn there is a part buried post type stone 0.9 meters long and 0.3 meters in section. The sole evidence of an outer kerb; other smaller stones lie loose on the ground and may have been thrown from the interior.
The cist, oriented east to west is largely infilled; internally it measures 0.8 meters by 0.6 meters, and is 0.2 meters deep. The coverstone is missing as is the stone at the eastern end. The others take the form of irregular boulders rather than slabs, the side stones 0.9 meters long and 0.3 meters thick and the western end stone is 0.5 meters long and 0.25 meters thick.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 83 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Indication of a stone ring or ring cairn beneath cairn.

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, 619845 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV279375.

Other details: NMR number SX 67 SW 191.

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. 83.
SDV279373Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Worksheet. Worksheet.
SDV279374Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV279375National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 619845. 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: #82223 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 9:19AM