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HER Number:MDV29077
Name:Cairn on south side of reave on Ringmoor Down, Sheepstor

Summary

A severly robbed cairn originally about 10m in diameter now survives as a ragged stony rim 1m wide and 0.3m high.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 570 668
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE163
  • National Record of the Historic Environment (Yes): 438959
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/493
  • Old SAM Ref: 10583

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX56NE163 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV221053.

(09/03/1979) At SX 57026682, on the summit of Ringmoor Down and adjacent to a reave (SX 56 NE 172), is a robbed cairn. Originally about 10.0m. in diameter it has been so gutted as to leave a perimeter rim 0.3m. high, 1.0m. wide, and ragged on the inner face.
The centre of the cairn is strewn with small stones at surface level but incorporates one upright slab 0.5m. high 3.0m. from the perimeter. This may be the sole surviving part of an inner wall or retaining circle.
The edge of the cairn abuts the reave but the robbing appears to be of fairly recent date (?1939-45 war).
Discovered during field investigation.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD.

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

Not recorded on aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 144-5, Map 49, Figure 49.21 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Ringmoor Down cairn '11' at SX57026682 of originally about 17 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high which lies just east of the reave as it crosses the summit. Only part of the outer rim of small stones remains together with a few large blocks.

Newman, P. + Probert, S., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

(14/02/2005) This feature remains as described by the Ordnance Survey (1979) and is visible as a grassy area surrounded by dense molinea. The dating of the disturbance is somewhat doubtful as stone robbing is a common attribute of this area.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPRM-6 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(27/07/2019) Condition assessed as ?very good by volunteer recorders; no issues recorded.

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

Feature photographed in July 2019.

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

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1012281 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This cairn is situated on the brow of a spur extending west from Gutter Tor and lies immediately next to the south side of Eylesbarrow Reave. It is 17 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres in height and there are traces of a retaining circle within the mound, which has been partly disturbed. It lies within 400 metres of several other cairns on Ringmoor Down associated with the reave.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 144-5, Map 49, Figure 49.21.
SDV221053Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX56NE163. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #130078 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPRM-6.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012281.

Associated Monuments

MDV56210Related to: Cairn on south side of reave on Ringmoor Down, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV12717Related to: Cairn south-east of the Eylesbarrow Reave on Ringmoor Down, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV48901Related to: Eylesbarrow Watershed Reave (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Jul 9 2021 4:00PM