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HER Number:MDV20242
Name:Cairn 500 metres north-north-west of Archerton, Dartmoor Forest


Prehistoric cairn. Turf covered stony mound about 4.8 metres diameter by up to 0.6 metres high. There is a slight hollow about 0.4 metres diameter by 0.1 metres deep just north of the centre.


Grid Reference:SX 634 796
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW212
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 883039
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/132
  • Old SAM Ref: 34490

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1982, Site visit (Worksheet). SDV216550.

(30/11/1982) Prehistoric cairn. In form of a discrete mound covered with heather and grass. Several small stones are visible and a slight hollow is off-centre on the top surface. Another possible cairn lies circa 12 metres to west-north-west, in the form of a low heather covered mound 9 metres by 4 metres, with some visible stone.

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

Not visible on RAF 1951 AP.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, I. S. Sainsbury (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(15/09/1989) SX 63487963. Set on a gentle NE facing slope about 385m OD in an area of rough grassland scattered with heather and gorse is a turf covered stony mound about 4.8m in diameter and of 0.6m maximum height. There is a slight hollow about 0.4m diameter and 0.1mdeep just N of the centre, otherwise the mound, which is most probably a cairn, is undisturbed.
The other possible cairn about 12m to the WNW is a natural ridge.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Cairn shown on survey.

Historic England, 2022, National Heritage List for England, 1021331 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364675.

The monument comprises a cairn situated on an east facing slope overlooking the valley of the East Dart River. The cairn survives as a 4.8 metres diameter mound standing up to 0.6 metres high. A slight hollow just to the north of the centre of the mound may represent the site of robbing or a partial early excavation.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV216550Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Site visit. Worksheet. Unknown.
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.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. I. S. Sainsbury. [Mapped feature: #82720 ]
SDV364675National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2022. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1021331.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8648 - Middle Merripit Farm, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Jan 16 2023 3:33PM