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HER Number:MDV2900
Name:Cairn at Eastern Beacon on Ugborough Moor, Ugborough


Cairn at Eastern Beacon on the south side of Ugborough Beacon of 14 metres diameter by 1.0 metres high with a central hollow


Grid Reference:SX 667 589
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX65NE7
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 441120
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/14
  • Old SAM Ref: 10619

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Eastern Beacon Tumulus' shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX65NE7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV176018.

(28/3/1950) Grass-covered cairn with small hollow in centre. Otherwise in good condition.14.5 metres diameter, 1.0 metres high.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6658, 1/368-371 (Aerial Photograph). SDV160614.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 172, No. 18 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Information as above.

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

Small cairn visible on 1976 aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 37, 245, Map 53 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Ugborough Beacon cairn '2' at SX66735892 of 15.0 metres diameter by 1.0 metres high. Known as Eastern Beacon has a deep central hollow but still retains a good profile.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Depicted on the modern mapping.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1012463 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

This cairn is a grass covered mound 14.5m in diameter and 1m in height, it has a hollow in the centre, suggesting that it has been robbed in the past.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs, UG10 (Photograph). SDV363073.

(21/12/2018) Site photographed during condition survey visit.

Riley, H., 2021, Archaeological Survey: Ugborough Premier Archaeological Landscape, Harford and Ugborough, 12 (Report - Survey). SDV364697.

One of fifty round cairns recorded during survey.

Riley, H., 2021, UG21 heritage asset database and gazetteer of sites (Report - Survey). SDV364699.

Visited on 22nd January 2021, surveyed and photographed. Platform cairn on Eastern Beacon: stony flat-topped mound, 14 metres diameter, 1 metre high, with central hollow 2.3 metres diameter, 0.8 metres deep suggesting stone extraction.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV160614Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6658. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1/368-371.
SDV176018Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX65NE7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 172, No. 18.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 37, 245, Map 53.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1012463.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UG10.

Associated Monuments

MDV3121Related to: Cairn near summit of Ugborough Beacon, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3106Related to: Cairn on the south side of Ugborough Beacon, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3105Related to: Large cairn on the south side of Ugborough Beacon, Ugborough (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8770 - Archaeological Survey: Ugborough Premier Archaeological Lanscape , Harford amd Ugborough

Date Last Edited:Jan 31 2022 10:14AM