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HER Number:MDV20069
Name:Clearance cairn to north of Giant's Grave, Mardon Down


Small dump of cairn material just north of the track, 5 metres in diameter was included in 2017 survey and is thought to be the result of dumping when the main cairn was despoiled, probably in the 19th century.


Grid Reference:SX 767 874
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of two, possibly three prehistoric cairns on Mardon Down, the largest of which is known as the Giant's Grave, part of a line of monuments along the ridge on Mardon Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NE/68
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD? to 1899 AD (Between))

Full description

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 157 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visit 16th April 1974. Moretonhampstead 2. A cairn of compacted stones, just north of the path, measuring 4.5 metres in diameter, 0.3 metres high. Perhaps intact.

Crabb, A., 2014, Site visit to confirm hut circle (Personal Comment). SDV356739.

This cairn is confirmed and will be due for some scrub clearance later in 2014.

Newman , P., 2017, A Stone Circle and Cairn Group on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead, Devon, 10, fig 6 (Report - Survey). SDV360188.

A small cairn recorded 8 metres to the north of the Giant's Grave with a diameter of 5 metres, is likely to be the result of dumping when the main cairn was despoiled. Surveyed at 1:200 scale.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX78NE6 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV295056.

Site visit 21st October 1953. A very small cairn revealed by turf-cutting 20.0 metres due north of Giant's Grave. Measures 5.0 metres in diameter, 0.3 metres high.
Site visit 4th April 1982. A heather-covered cairn, roughly circular, as measured by Grinsell. It appears to owe its present shape to the surrounding tracks.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 157.
SDV295056Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX78NE6. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. [Mapped feature: #10314 ]
SDV356739Personal Comment: Crabb, A.. 2014. Site visit to confirm hut circle. Digital.
SDV360188Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2017. A Stone Circle and Cairn Group on Mardon Down, Moretonhampstead, Devon. Southwest Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. 10, fig 6.

Associated Monuments

MDV105916Part of: Cairn Cemetery on Mardon Down (Monument)
MDV8309Related to: Giant's Grave cairn, Mardon Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7270 - Survey of cairn cemetery, stone circle and other earthworks on Mardon Down

Date Last Edited:May 23 2017 11:21AM