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HER Number:MDV20076
Name:Cairn 393 metres north-east of Headless Cross, Moretonhampstead


The possible remains of a kerbed cairn with a cist. It comprises a disturbed mound of sub-rectangular form 8.0 by 7.0 by 0.6 metres high. There are three stone slabs set in a mound around a hollow 0.4 metres deep. To the northern edge 3 or 4 stones set on edge give the impression of a kerb.


Grid Reference:SX 774 879
Map Sheet:SX78NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishMoretonhampstead
Ecclesiastical ParishMORETONHAMPSTEAD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a pair of Bronze Age cairns north-east of Headless Cross, Mardon Down

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX78NE35
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445446
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78NE/74

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1982, SX78NE35, plan, plate (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV295865.

(06/01/1982) On Mardon Down at SX 77468795 and approximately 328m. O.D. lie the possible remains of a kerbed cairn with cist. The bracken covered mound is very much disturbed and appears generally sub-rectangular measuring some 8m. E/W and 7m. N/S with a height of 0.6m.
Set within the mound are one large and two smaller stone slabs, on edge and parallel in NW/SE alignment (see plan). The material between has been removed to a depth of 0.4m. giving the appearance of a cist.
On the northern edge of the mound three of the four stones set on edge give the impression of a kerb. The fourth may have come from the central feature or be a misalignment from the other three caused when the material to the north was removed.
Surveyed at 1:2500 on M.S.D. and 1:100 for clarification.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Cairn shown.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV295865Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1982. SX78NE35. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. plan, plate.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #82667 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV20073Related to: Cairn 370 metres north-east of Headless Cross, Moretonhampstead (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 1 2022 4:27PM