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HER Number:MDV2915
Name:Large cairn on Butterdon Hill


One of a group of four cairns on Butterdon Hill. Badly damaged, especially around the perimeter. Cairn consists of a mound of stone, earth and turf base, possibly with a berm and ditch. Diameter 25 metres, height approximately 2.5 metres.


Grid Reference:SX 655 586
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 65 NE 27
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/24
  • Old SAM County Ref: 301B
  • Old SAM Ref: 10601
  • Pastscape: 441176

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Mound of Stones', 'Tumulus' marked on the early 20th century (1906) 6 inch historic map.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 394 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Worth, R. H., 1937, 56th Report of the Barrow Committee, 100 (Article in Serial). SDV20973.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX65NE27 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV176956.

(24/03/1950) SX 6553 5866 A large cairn on Butterdon Hill approximate dimensions are: 24m in diameter, height 2m. Depicted on the Ordnance Survey mapping. Badly mutilated, especially around the perimeter.

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 190 (Monograph). SDV337618.

National Monument Record, 1976, SX6558, 2/240-244 (Aerial Photograph). SDV166651.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 141 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(23/06/1973) Mutilated cairn. Diameter 25m, height 2.5m.

Hemery, E., 1983, High Dartmoor, 254 (Monograph). SDV249702.

Triple crown of Bronze Age cairns on Butterdon Hill (see also SX 65 NE 26, 28) obviously important burial sites. On the south side of the summit cairn are traces of two medieval enclosures, and against the wall of one of them a large stone has been vertically set.

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

Large cairn is visible on the National Monuments Record 1976 aerial photograph.

Ancient Monuments, 1990, Schedule notes (Schedule Document). SDV176955.

Cairn consisting of a mound of stone, earth and turf base, possibly with a berm and ditch. Diameter 25m, height approximately 2.5m.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV166651Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1976. SX6558. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/240-244.
SDV176955Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1990. Schedule notes. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV176956Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX65NE27. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV20973Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1937. 56th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A4 Unbound. 100.
SDV249702Monograph: Hemery, E.. 1983. High Dartmoor. High Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 254.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 141.
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.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 394.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 190.

Associated Monuments

MDV3120Related to: Boundary stone on Harford Moor (Monument)
MDV13169Related to: Butterdon Hill Beacon (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 14 2020 10:31AM