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HER Number:MDV22766
Name:Cairn east of Scout Hut, Sheepstor

Summary

The cairn at this location is one of four such features in this general area. Scheduled in 1992. Recorded in 1999 as being more disturbed - probably as a result of military activity. The form, location and relationship of all the cairns in this area is suggestive of clearance activity in the medieval or later periods. There is no evidence to suggest that they are clearance products of the prehistoric period, although this feature remains on the list of scheduled sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 582 673
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE201
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 619139
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/353
  • Old SAM Ref: 10713

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

AM, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV275783.

Not visible 1946 raf verticals (rchm app 1985). Vis=estimated -/-/1990 (ancient monuments). Mound 5m diam, 0.5m high with slight hollow in s side (am).

Ancient Monuments, 1992, Scheduled Monument Notification (Schedule Document). SDV275784.

SX 58206734. This cairn lies on the south-west facing slope east of Scout Hut and north of Eastern Tor. Turf covered mound 5.0 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high with a slight hollow in its south side. (Scheduled Devon 10713).

Taylor, D., 1993, Prestonbury Castle (Worksheet). SDV1142.

Vis=-/10/1983 (robinson). A cairn (doubtful) lies c 30m south of eylesbarrow track. An irregular bilberry covered mound 4-5m diameter and 0.5m high with an offcentre depression to ground level on south side. No sign of kerb circle.(worksheet).

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, Map 47 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Depicted by Butler.

Robertson, J. G., 1994, The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley (Post-Graduate Thesis). SDV139549.

Depicted by Robertson.

Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S., 1999, Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon (Report - Survey). SDV346268.

SX 58206743 (visited 05/08/1999). The cairn at this location is one of four such features in this general area (the others are recorded as SX 56 NE 210). It is largely as described at the time of scheduling in 1992 though its interior is more disturbed than suggested then - probably as a result of relatively recent military activity.
The form, location and relationship of all the cairns in this area is suggestive of clearance activity in the medieval or later periods. There is no evidence to suggest that they are clearance products of the prehistoric period.

Newman, P. + Probert, S., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

Visited 10/03/2005. This feature remains in a stable condition and is as described by English Heritage Field Investigation visit in 1992 (citing Probert, S. A. J., 10/03/2005, English Heritage Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1142Worksheet: Taylor, D.. 1993. Prestonbury Castle.
SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. Map 47.
SDV139549Post-Graduate Thesis: Robertson, J. G.. 1994. The Archaeology of the Upper Plym Valley. Edinburgh University. Unknown.
SDV275783Report - Survey: AM.
SDV275784Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1992. Scheduled Monument Notification. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV346268Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S.. 1999. Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Comb Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV103586Related to: Group of clearance cairns north-west of Ditsworthy Warren (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey: EH Project (Feb 2001 - Dec 2002)
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor. The Eylesbarrow archaeological landscape

Date Last Edited:Aug 27 2021 1:29PM