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HER Number:MDV2915
Name:Large Cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough

Summary

'Cairn 6' (Butler) is one of a group of four cairns on Butterdon Hill. Badly damaged, especially around the perimeter. Cairn consists of a stony mound of 25 metres diameter by 3 metres high. Outer rim of the cairn is a turf covered scarp of 4 metres wide by 0.5 metres high.

Location

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: SX65NE27
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 441176
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/24
  • Old SAM County Ref: 301B
  • Old SAM Ref: 10601

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.

'Mound of Stones' shown on 19th century map with a triangulation marker in the middle.

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

'Mound of Stones' and '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, 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.

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

SX 655586. Cairn on Butterdon Hill (DCRA Reg SX 65 NE/11/2).

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

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 141, No. 18 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(23/06/1973) SX 65535866 Mutilated cairn. Diameter 25 metres, height 2.5 metres.

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.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 24,27,243, Map 53, Figure 53.7 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Butterdon Hill Summit cairn '6' at SX65535866 of 25.0 metres diameter by 3.5 metres high on the highest point of Butterdon Hill. It is not well preserved as the foundations and tumbled walls of a rectangular building and small enclosure at its base have been constructed out of the cairn's material.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UG24 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(05/09/2019) Condition assessed as very good; currently no damage agents affecting feature.

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

Image taken during September 2019 visit.

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

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Riley, H., 2021, Archaeological Survey: Ugborough Premier Archaeological Landscape, Harford and Ugborough, 12, 7.1.7 (Report - Survey). SDV364697.

One of fifty cairns recorded during the survey.

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

Visited on . Surveyed and photographed. Large cairn on the summit of Butterdon Hill: stony mound 25 metres diameter, 3 metres high. Outer rim of the cairn is a turf covered scarp, 4 metres wide, 0.5 metres high. A well trodden path along Butterdon Hill runs on the east side of cairn

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.
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. SX65NE27.
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, 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.
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).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 190.
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. 24,27,243, Map 53, Figure 53.7.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UG24.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3120Related to: Boundary stone on Harford Moor, Ugborough and Harford parishes (Monument)
MDV13169Related to: Building and enclosure on Butterdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV3135Related to: Cairn '18' (Butler) on Weatherdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV3136Related to: Cairn '19' (Butler) on Weatherdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV13165Related to: Cairn '20' (Butler) near the summit of Weatherdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV3134Related to: Cairn north-west of Butterdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV2897Related to: Cairn on Butterdon Hill at southern end of stone row, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2896Related to: Cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV132345Related to: Cairn on west side of Butterdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV2895Related to: Large cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3137Related to: Round cairn on Butterdon Hill, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Feb 23 2022 11:35AM