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HER Number:MDV20473
Name:Clearance cairns north-west of Hartyland Farm


Possible Medieval clearance cairns associated with nearby ridge and furrow.


Grid Reference:SX 639 798
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW172
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 882499
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/136

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Constructed, Early Medieval to Early 20th Century - 1066 AD (Between) to 1901 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV255030.

Des=worksheet. Vis=9/2/1983 (greeves) small cairn, possibly of prehistoric date on flat ground close to the east dart. Approx 4.0m diameter and 0.60m height.

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

Not visible on RAF 1951 aerial image.

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

(20/07/1989) The purported cairn is at about 355m OD, on a flood plain and the confluence of the East Dart River and Braddon Lake. It is a roughly circular turf covered mound of stones about 3m in diameter and 0.5m high. The centre is disturbed.
Greeves (1983) suggests this may be Prehistoric but it is extremely unlikely it would have been built, or survived, in such a vulnerable position. There is a similar stony mound at SX 63999782 some 58m to the SSE and it is more likely that both are stone clearance heaps, associated with ridge and furrow to the south.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2010, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

(-/-/2002) Considered under MPP but not recommended for scheduling because not a funerary cairn.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2010. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV255030Migrated Record:
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.
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.

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:Aug 14 2023 4:36PM