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HER Number:MDV2404
Name:Cairn on the summit of Penn Beacon

Summary

Penn beacon, penn hill, 428m above sea level. The cairn diameter 21m, height 1.7m is mutilated and is covered by turf. The finds at penn beacon include pots of uncertain date, oval stone implement, stone implements from inside the cairn.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 599 629
Map Sheet:SX56SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Cholwich Town, Penn Beacon and Shell Top Reaves. Earthworks of Bronze Age boundary works with adjacent prehistoric enclosures and hut circles, cairns and stone rows

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56SE/7
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=22/9/1975 (grinsell) grass covered cairn, hollow centre wide and deep enough to have accommodated beacon fires. Diameter 22m, height 1.8m. Sited-slope.


FLEMING ET AL, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138555.

Shell top reave appears to run up to the cairn but the exact relationship is not clear as the area has been disturbed (fleming et al).


NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV138557.

Vis=23/8/1977 (os) sx 59916292. This round cairn, 22.0m. Diameter and 1.7m. High, lies on the summit of penn beacon, at 430m. Above o. D. It is of small boulders and has been much disturbed, with a central hollow, 8.0m. Diameter and 0.8m. Deep, and a modern marker cairn, 1.0m. High, on the south side. Shell top reave, sx 56 se 83, abuts the cairn on the north and stops just short to the south (nmr, citing os).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138558.

Russell, p. /tda/87(1955)266/fire beacons in devon.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138559.

Osa=sx56se60.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138560.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)135.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138561.

Anon/tda/-(1902)128,131.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138562.

Anon/tda/-(1872)549.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138563.

Fleming, a. Et al. /pdas/31(1973)10 figs.1,4/late prehistoric reave system near cholwich town.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV138564.

Rchm/monuments threatened or destroyed 1956-1962/(1963)14.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=30/3/1950 (os) penn beacon, penn hill, 428m above sea level. The cairn diameter 21m, height 1.7m is mutilated and is covered by turf. The finds at penn beacon include pots of uncertain date, oval stone implement, stone implements from inside the cairn.


RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV26818.

Not recorded (rchm app 1985).


Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Cairn marked on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV138555Migrated Record: FLEMING ET AL.
SDV138557Report - Survey: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV138558Migrated Record:
SDV138559Migrated Record:
SDV138560Migrated Record:
SDV138561Migrated Record:
SDV138562Migrated Record:
SDV138563Migrated Record:
SDV138564Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV26818Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84415 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV2406Related to: Hut west of Penn Beacon (Building)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5843 - LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD?)
  • FDV5842 - SHERD (Prehistoric - 698000 BC to 42 AD?)

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 19 2015 3:01PM