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HER Number:MDV3106
Name:Cairn on the south side of Ugborough Beacon, Ugborough

Summary

One of a pair of large cairns at Eastern Beacon. This cairn is now partially turf-covered and is surrounded by traces of a retaining curb. It is 24 metres in diameter, 1.75 metres high, and has a hollow centre suggesting it has been robbed in the past. Visitors have repositioned some of the stones of the mound to form shelters.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 667 587
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/192
  • Old SAM Ref: 10542

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

Southern of two 'Tumuli' shown on 19th century map.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 1140-1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX65NE5 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV165689.

(28/3/1950) Turf-covered cairn except in hollow centre. Possible remains of retaining circle; has been disturbed and probably robbed of stones. Diameter 20.5 metres, height 1.7 metres.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6658, 1/368-371 (Aerial Photograph). SDV160614.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6658, 1/371 (Aerial Photograph). SDV160614.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 172, Ugborough 20 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(24/6/1973) Cairn with large hollow centre. Signs of retaining circle. Diameter 21 metres, height 2.0 metres.

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

Medium sized cairn visible on 1946 and 1977 aerial photographs.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 47 77/E52 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones, 20 metres internal diameter, enclosing flat-topped mound 0.2 metres high upon which there is a central cairn 14 metres diameter and 1.5 metres high. The cairn is mutilated. Dominates the skyline when approached from southern moorland fringe.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 37, Map 53 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn of 20.0 metres diameter by 2.2 metres high to the south of Ugborough Beacon. The hollow in the centre must have reached ground level and the displaced stones have added considerably to its original height and partly concealing the kerb circle around its base.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1012249 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

These two very large cairns on the brow of Ugborough Beacon each consist of an earth and stone base surmounted by a mound of stones.
The more easterly cairn is now partially turf covered and is surrounded by traces of a retaining curb. It is 24m in diameter, 1.75m high, and has a hollow centre suggesting it has been robbed in the past. Visitors have repositioned some of the stones of the mound to form shelters.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs, UG11 (Photograph). SDV363073.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV160614Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6658. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1/371.
SDV165689Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX65NE5. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1140-1.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 47 77/E52.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 172, Ugborough 20.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 37, Map 53.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #114494 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1012249.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UG11.

Associated Monuments

MDV2900Related to: Cairn at Eastern Beacon on Ugborough Moor, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3105Related to: Large cairn on the south side of Ugborough Beacon, Ugborough (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 7 2021 1:14PM