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HER Number:MDV2904
Name:Mound south-west of summit of Ugborough Moor


Mound built of earth and stone, with much stone showing of 3.2 metres by 3.0 metres by 0.8 metres with a range marker associated with the Rifle Range. Formerly identified as a cairn.


Grid Reference:SX 657 597
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX65NE51
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 441225
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/17
  • Old SAM Ref: 10540
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX65NE51

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • MOUND (Constructed, XVIII to Mid 20th Century - 1800 AD (Between) to 1950 AD (Between))

Full description

Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C., 1974 -1978, Ugborough Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV161354.

A small overgrown cairn diameter 3.6 metres, height 0.6 metres about 137 metres north of another cairn (SX65NE/310) and several 100 metres west of the large cairn (SX65NE/16).

Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C., 1975, Archaeological Check-List of Ugborough Parish, 315 (Article in Serial). SDV160589.

SX 658597 Two small cairns were observed on Ugborough
Moor during field survey (DCR Reg SX 65 NE/17/1, SX 65 NE/17/2).

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 172, Ugborough 13a (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

SX6573 5970 (23/06/1973) A cairn 100 metres west-south-west of cairn 13 (MDV2902) at Spurrell's Cross is 4.0 metres in diameter by 0.7 metres high.

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1946 aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 29, Map 53.10 (Monograph). SDV337765.

A third burial mound (others are MDV2901-2902) lies around a 100 metres south-west of the summit cairn and measures 4.5 metres in diameter by 0.5 metres high.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on the aerial photography from 2015 onwards.

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

This cairn is built of stone and earth, it is 4.0 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high and is turf-covered.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs, UG6 (Photograph). SDV363073.

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

Riley, H., 2021, Archaeological Survey: Ugborough Premier Archaeological Landscape, Harford and Ugborough, 19 (Report - Survey). SDV364697.

Several small mounds have been previously identified as prehistoric cairns but the incorporation of range marker stones in two of these mounds and the spatial association of one of the rifle butts suggest these small mounds of granite blocks are part of the range operation; one suggestion is that they were used to elevate the riflemen so that they culd see the butts.

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

Rectangular mound of stones on Butterdon Hill: 3.2 metres north to south, 3 metres east to west, 0.8 metres high, range marker stone '800' set on northern edge - part of Rifle Range.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV160589Article in Serial: Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C.. 1975. Archaeological Check-List of Ugborough Parish. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 33. Paperback Volume. 315.
SDV161354Worksheet: Gaskell-Brown, C. + Hankin, C.. 1974 -1978. Ugborough Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 172, Ugborough 13a.
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. 29, Map 53.10.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UG6.

Associated Monuments

MDV2903Related to: Mound south-south-west of summit, Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV132373Related to: Rifle butts at the rifle range near Piles Hill on Harford Moor, Harford (Monument)
MDV5693Related to: Rifle range near Piles Hill, Harford Moor (Monument)
MDV2902Related to: Summit cairn on Ugborough Moor, Ugborough (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Oct 3 2023 9:40AM