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HER Number:MDV30634
Name:Possible cairn south of Blackslade Ford


Described by Belsey and Butler as one of a group of cairns running south from Blackslade Ford surmounted by a stone marking the boundary between Buckland in the Moor and Ashburton parishes. Recently surveyed and not considered to be a cairn; part of the reave.


Grid Reference:SX 738 748
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of a Bronze Age parallel reave system on Buckland Common and Blackslade Down, including prehistoric hut circle settlements and cairns, medieval and later remains

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/255
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN? (Early Bronze Age to Early Iron Age - 2200 BC to 700 BC)

Full description

Belsey, P. M., 1983 - 1987, Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist (Un-published). SDV345904.

Site visited on 14th February 1987. Small cairn 9 metres diameter and 0.25 metres in height, surmounted by boundary stone inscribed "A/B". This cairn is not situated on a ridge or skyline.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 113-4 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Cairns and earthworks on Blackslade Down and Buckland Common. Cairn 'c' is in a linear arrangement of earthworks running south along the hillside to Cold Cross East and continuing along the ridge of Buckland Common to Buckland Beacon. Some of these are little more than a scatter of small stones around low mounds or banks and might easily be overlooked but for the boundary stones set within many of them. The earthworks are probably the remains of Prehistoric cairns and are the reason for the irregular course of the parish boundary between Blackslade Ford and Buckland Common which was laid out when these structures were more prominent. Other details: Map 10.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Cairns south of Blackslade Ford were considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 39.

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Cairn not shown on modern mapping. Boundary stone shown as 'B.S.'.

Newman, P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 55, fig 18 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Reave at the northern end of Buckland Common. Not a cairn as originally recorded. This is a section of a reave unrecorded by Butler. Condition is stable. SX73820 74868.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 113-4.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #17186 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345904Un-published: Belsey, P. M.. 1983 - 1987. Buckland In The Moor Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. 55, fig 18.

Associated Monuments

MDV30635Related to: Boundary stone on Buckland Common (Monument)
MDV7534Related to: Cairn north of Blackslade Ford (Monument)
MDV30642Related to: Cairn north of Cold East Cross (Monument)
MDV30638Related to: Cairn south of Blackslade Ford (Monument)
MDV20169Related to: Cairn south of Blackslade Ford (Monument)
MDV22823Related to: Culvert on Buckland Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Dec 14 2021 10:33AM