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HER Number:MDV3125
Name:Cairn on the south-western brow of Western Beacon


One of a group of three closely spaced cairns on the south-western brow of Western Beacon, measured at 17m diameter by the Ordnance Survey in 1950, when the cairn was in good condition. Clearly visible on the aerial photography.


Grid Reference:SX 654 576
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/210
  • Old SAM Ref: 10546

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX65NE36 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV165223.

(24/03/1950) Cairn in good condition. Diameter measures 17.0m, 1.7m high.

National Monuments Record, 1969, SX6557, 2/7-9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV165212.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 172, Ugborough 23 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(22/06/1973) SX 6543 5762 Cairn. Diameter 20m, height 1.8m.

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

Medium sized cairn visible on 1969 National Monuments Record aerial photograph.

Ancient Monuments, 1990, Notes on cairns (Schedule Document). SDV165222.

One of three closely spaced cairns measuring 12m, 23m and 23m in diameter and 1m, 1.7m and 1.8m high.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on the aerial photograph

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165212Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1969. SX6557. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/7-9.
SDV165222Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1990. Notes on cairns. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV165223Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX65NE36. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 172, Ugborough 23.
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.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #123755 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3110Related to: Boundary stone at Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV3126Related to: Cairn near the summit of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV42777Related to: Large cairn north of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV25000Related to: Small cairn on the south-western brow of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV25001Related to: Small cairn on the south-western brow of Western Beacon (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 20 2020 11:14AM