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HER Number:MDV2885
Name:Cuckoo Ball prehistoric chambered cairn, Ugborough

Summary

Cuckoo Ball prehistoric chambered cairn is tapering in shape 20m long by 12m wide at the north end and 7m at the south end. Two of the megaliths forming part of the chamber at the north end remain standing. Three have fallen and any capstones have been removed.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 659 581
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX65NE34
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 307
  • Old SAM Ref: 10548

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1911, 30th Report of the Barrow Committee, 96, Figure (Article in Serial). SDV235782.

Worth, R. H., 1937, 56th Report of the Barrow Committee, 93, Plate 12 (Article in Serial). SDV20973.

Brailsford, J. W., 1938, Bronze Age Stone Monuments of Dartmoor, 456 (Article in Serial). SDV304210.

Worth, R. H., 1946, Stray notes on the Teign Valley, 162-3 (Article in Serial). SDV222207.

The grave on Cuckoo Ball, near West Peek, might be classed as a dolmen. Ruined.

Royal Air Force, 1946 - 1949, Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV342938.

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 180 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Cuckoo Ball, chambered cairn. Remains stand at the north-west corner of the newtake a few yards from the open moor at Cuckoo Ball. Two large stones remain standing, remainder fallen and capstone removed. One standing stone has an almost vertical side 1.83 metres long, and a curved side 1.8 metres long, being 1.2 metres wide at the base and 400 millimetres thick. The other standing stone has two curved edges 1.5 metres and 1.4 metres long, being 2.1 metres wide at the base and 28 centimetres thick. The two stones overlap slightly, the first lying to the north of the second. The two fallen stones on the west side of these are 1.2 metres and 2 metres long. There are other partly covered stones in the bracken, but cairn has been much reduced to build local walls. Parts of a retaining circle are visible in the form of two stones and some humps in the ground 2.5 metres from the northern standing stone. Condition poor, but excavation might reveal much.

Fletcher, M. + Grinsell, L. V. + Quinnell, N. V., 1974, A Long Cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough, 163 (Article in Serial). SDV148316.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1976, SX65NE34, SX65NE34 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV148319.

The remains of a very fine cist, large enough to be called a cromlech, lie in Cuckoo Ball enclosure, near West Peek. The retaining circle of the mound which once covered the cist still remains, with a diameter of about 29 feet. Only three stones remain in their original position. Probable dimensions were at least 9 feet in length and and about 6 feet in width. The largest stone stands 5 feet 10 inches above the present ground level. The direction of the eastern side, formed by two stones, is N 16o 30' W.
The remains of a long cairn and burial chamber are situated at SX 65965819, on a hill-slope at Cuckoo Ball. The cairn, which was probably robbed for newtake walls to the west and north, is 23 metres long by 12 metres wide, aligned north to south, and is 0.7 metre high at the north. The burial chamber is at the north end.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6658, 374 (Aerial Photograph). SDV160614.

Photograph taken on 20th May 1977

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 132 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 22nd June 1973. Diameter 23 metres long, 12 metres wide, length 0.7 metres (at north). Siting hillslope.

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

Visible on 1977 aerial photograph.

Robinson, R., 1986, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986 (Un-published). SDV345664.

Site visited on 6th March 1986.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 23,36 Map 53, Figures 53.6 and Figure 53.14 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cuckoo Ball chambered cairn shown on Figure 53.6 as lozenge shaped feature in the north-west corner of the field. It is wider at the north end and narrow to the south.
The long cairn at Cuckoo Ball is shown on Figure 53.14. It was originally a massive tapering mound at least 28 metres long. The chamber is at the northern end and orientated west of north. Two side slabs still stand in place and several other large blocks from a chamber are lying alongside.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

'Cist' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1012284 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

Chambered cairn. Fenced off from the enclosed grazing, but open to access from the moor. Tapering in shape, circa 20 metres long by 12 metres wide at the north end and 7 metres at the south end, by 1 metre high (maximum). Two of the megaliths forming part of the chamber at the north end remain standing. They have a maximum height of 1.6 metres and thickness of 0.2 metres. Three have fallen and any capstones have been removed. Large stones in the newtake wall may derive from the chamber.

Daniel, G., unknown, Prehistoric Chamber Tombs (Monograph). SDV148315.

Daniel, g. /prehistoric chamber tombs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148315Monograph: Daniel, G.. unknown. Prehistoric Chamber Tombs.
SDV148316Article in Serial: Fletcher, M. + Grinsell, L. V. + Quinnell, N. V.. 1974. A Long Cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 32. 163.
SDV148319Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1976. SX65NE34. OSAD Card SX65NE34. Card Index. SX65NE34.
SDV160614Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6658. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 374.
SDV20973Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1937. 56th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A4 Unbound. 93, Plate 12.
SDV222207Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. Stray notes on the Teign Valley. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. Unknown. 162-3.
SDV235782Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1911. 30th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 43. Unknown. 96, Figure.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 132.
SDV304210Article in Serial: Brailsford, J. W.. 1938. Bronze Age Stone Monuments of Dartmoor. Antiquity. 12, Issue 48. Digital. 456.
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.
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 180.
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. 23,36 Map 53, Figures 53.6 and Figure 53.14.
SDV342938Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946 - 1949. Royal Air Force Aerial Photographs. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #125714 ]
SDV345664Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1986. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012284.

Associated Monuments

MDV25005Related to: Enclosure on Cuckoo Ball, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2886Related to: Long cairn east of Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:May 22 2020 3:59PM