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HER Number:MDV26338
Name:Unlikely cairn on Yartor Down


Cairn identified from an aerial photograph along the line of a Bronze Age reave within the parallel reave system on Yartor Down during the 1985 project. Not identified as an enclosure during the 2008 survey; unlikely feature.


Grid Reference:SX 675 737
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/275

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • NATURAL FEATURE (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1980, SF1748, 397-410 (Aerial Photograph). SDV279663.

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

Cairn along the line of a reave within the parallel reave system (PRN 6030). Two banks extend from it - one a cross reave, the other possibly associated with enclosure (PRN 26249). Visible on 1980 National Monuments Record aerial photograph.

Richards, A. F., 2020, Note on recorded features (Personal Comment). SDV347030.

Feature recorded from 1980 aerial photograph but not identified as a cairn during the 2008 Dartmeet PAL survey, carried out by English Heritage. Unlikely feature.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV279663Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1980. SF1748. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 397-410.
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. [Mapped feature: #126554 ]
SDV347030Personal Comment: Richards, A. F.. 2020. Note on recorded features. Not Applicable.

Associated Monuments

MDV6030Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)
MDV26249Related to: Possible enclosure on Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV26344Related to: Unlikely hut circles south-west of Yar Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8296 - Dartmeet Premier Archaeological Landscape (PAL) Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Jul 14 2020 11:20AM