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HER Number:MDV19986
Name:Alleged cairn, Steeperton Tor, Dartmoor Forest


A Bronze Age cairn and retaining circle are alleged at this location. There was no evidence of such a feature during field investigation.


Grid Reference:SX 620 890
Map Sheet:SX68NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NW45
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443777
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/75

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN? (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 207 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 144 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

SX 62048907 approx.: Cairn with retaining circle diameter 5.5m. Visited by G.M Spooner before 1975. May be that recorded by Crossing in 'Guide to Dartmoor' (1907) p 207.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on NMR 1979 aerial photograph.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(08/10/1993) There is no ground evidence to confirm the presence of the cairn recorded by Grinsell. The area described by the NGR lies on a steep, stoney east-facing slope approximately 100m west of a small prehistoric settlement (SX 68 NW 7).
Grinsell (1978) suggests that the cairn visited by Spooner may be that described by Crossing (1965). However, Crossing's cairn would seem to lie on Halstock Down, outside Dartmoor Forest Parish.
The monument recorded by Grinsell has probably been confused with one of the huts circles belonging to the nearby settlement.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 144.
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.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 207.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown. S. Probert. [Mapped feature: #10241 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV4388Related to: Boundaries of settlement on north-east slope of Steeperton Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV134348Related to: Hut circle settlement on north-east slope of Steeperton Tor, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range

Date Last Edited:Oct 6 2023 3:57PM