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HER Number:MDV18392
Name:Cairn 300 meters east of Bachelor's Hall


Possible ruined cairn and cist east of Bachelor’s Hall. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 604 736
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Possible ruined Bronze Age cairn and cist east of Bachelor’s Hall

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 620442
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/115
  • 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). SDV279416.

Possible ruined cist and cairn on hillslope within modern enclosure. A low mound is distinctly visible on its downslope side. In a slight hollow in its centre are two slabs set on edge parallel to each other, surviving slabs of cist? the mound may have been robbed on its south side. Possible original diameter of 5-6.5 meters, present max height 0.3 meters. Possible remnants of retaining circle to the north-west. Other details: Plan included.

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

Not visible.

Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV279414.

Greeves' cairn and cist seem to be a feature at SX60417366, on a north-west slope of rough pasture and littered with moorstones. It is primarily recognisable by a crescentic scarp, at best 0.4 meters high, which defines the lower side of a slight stance with diameters of about 4.8 meters north to south by 3.8 meters.

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, 620442 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345713.

Possible ruined cist and cairn. There is no mound but 3 earthfast stones are spaced on the perimeter of the stance. On the north-west is a part-buried recumbent slab of triangular form, 1.0 meters by 0.7 meters. On the north-west is an upright slab 1.0 meter long, 0.1 meters thick and 0.2 meters high, and on the south-west a boulder, 0.5 meters across and 0.3 meters high. Nearer the centre of the stance are two upright slabs set in an acute v-plan. One is 1.1 meters long, 0.35 meters high and up to 0.3 meters thick; the second is 0.7 meters long, 0.4 meters high and 0.2 meters thick, with a lean towards the first. There are no signs of disturbance and the whole may be a fortuitous natural arrangement of stones. Other details: SX 67 SW 261.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV279414Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV279416Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Worksheet. 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: #82224 ]
SDV345713National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 620442. National Monuments Record. Website.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 9:19AM