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HER Number:MDV31062
Name:Possible cairn on Pudsham Down


A heavily robbed round cairn on the summit of Pudsham Down, overlying one of the prehistoric reaves. Too badly damaged to establish the relationship between the features.


Grid Reference:SX 732 748
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishBuckland in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKLAND IN THE MOOR

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/140/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC to 42 AD? (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX7274, 1/299 (Aerial Photograph). SDV288627.

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

18/11/1983 Very slight circular bank 19.7 metres in diameter can be seen with the eye of faith on the summit of Pudsham Down. Only made noticeable by the definite change in vegetation. There is a low circular platform west of centre 3 metres by 0.2 metres and a shallow excavated depression to the south of it. The reave continues through this area in a reduced and rather irregular form. The entire area is disturbed.
29/6/1985 According to Mr J. Turner the site could be of possible military origin.

Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, 56, fig 17 (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

A heavily robbed round cairn on the summit of Pudsham Down. Believed formerly to be military remains. It comprises a circular, slightly raised, uneven spread of stone with a diameter of 21 metres, and it overlies the course of one of the reaves that runs south-east to north-west across the hilltop. The chronological relationship is unclear due to the extent of the interference on the cairn.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV288627Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX7274. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. photograph (paper). 1/299.
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. 56, fig 17. [Mapped feature: #17480 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV30652Related to: Enclosure on Pudsham Down (Monument)
MDV25160Related to: Parallel reaves on Pudsham Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Feb 8 2016 11:19AM