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HER Number:MDV28603
Name:Cairn on Royal Hill


A grass-covered cairn on the east slope of Royal Hill. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


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

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/338
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Iron Age - 4000 BC to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX67SW72 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV225106.

A grass-covered cairn is situated on the slight east slope of Royal Hill at 388 meters above sea level. It measures 6.0 meters in diameter, and is 0.5 meters high with a central excavation hollow but there is no evidence of a cist.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not recorded.

Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV225107.

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 (Visited 9/2/1989).

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 (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV225106Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX67SW72. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV225107Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #86131 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 29 2013 11:41AM