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HER Number:MDV28603
Name:Cairn to the east of Royal Hill, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Cairn '6' (Butler) on the east slope of Royal Hill. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 620 725
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a Bronze Age cairn, one of a line on the east slope of Royal Hill

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW72
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/338
  • Pastscape: 443451
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Not recorded.

Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Royal Commission Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV261736.

Site visited on 9th February 1989. This turf-covered cairn is situated on a flat plain near the foot of the steep eastern slope of Royal Hill at 380 meters above sea level (at SX62107259). It measures 5.7 meters in diameter, approximately 0.45 meters high and has a central hollow approximately 1.5 meters in diameter and 0.3 meters deep. On the north side a few small ?upright stones, a maximum of 0.3 meters high, may mark the remnants of a kerb. There is no trace of a cist. Numerous small stone heaps, mostly dumped 19th century stone clearance material, are evident in the general vicinity.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 230-234, Map 65, Figure 65.6 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Royal Hill E. '6' cairn at SX62087257 of 5.8 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high. It is an inconspicuous mound surrounded by a retaining circle of small stones showing just above the turf. The central pit reveals no trace of a cist.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 443451, SX67SW72 (Website). SDV363416.

Field Investigation on 8th February 1980. At SX 62087255 on the slight east slope of Royal Hill at 388 metres OD is a grass-covered cairn. It measures 6.0 metres in diameter, and is 0.5 metres high with a central excavation hollow but there is no evidence of a cist.
Field Investigation on 9th February 1989. At SX 62107259. This turf-covered cairn is situated on a flat plain near the foot of the steep east slope of Royal Hill at 380 metres OD. It measures 5.7 metres in diameter, about 0.45 metres high and it has a central hollow approximately 1.5 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres deep in the top. On the north side a few small upright stones, a maximum of 0.3 metres high, may mark the remnants of a kerb. There is no trace of a cist.
Numerous small stone heaps, mostly dumped 19th century stone clearance material, are evident in the general vicinity.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV261736Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Royal Commission Field Investigation.
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.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 230-234, Map 65, Figure 65.6.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 443451, SX67SW72.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86131 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6304Related to: Cairn and cist on south-east side of Royal Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6305Related to: Cairn and cist on south-east side of Royal Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6309Related to: Cairn and cist south-east side of Royal Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV130297Related to: Cairn on summit of the south-eastern projection of Royal Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV6310Related to: Cairn on summit of the south-eastern projection of Royal Hill, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8628 - Tor Royal Farm Duchy Farms Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 18 2021 11:44AM