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HER Number:MDV3126
Name:Cairn near the summit of Western Beacon


One of a group of five cairns of varying sizes north of Western Beacon, measured at 16m diameter by the Ordnance Survey in 1950, hollow in centre recorded. Clearly visible on the aerial photography.


Grid Reference:SX 654 577
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/211
  • Old SAM Ref: 10609

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX65NE35 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV165215.

(27/03/1950) Cairn with hollow in centre, otherwise in fair condition. Diameter 16.0m, height 1.7m.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 172, Ugborough 22 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(22/06/1973) Almost on the Harford boundary SX 6544 5772. Cairn with hollow centre. 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.

Cairn. Diameter 22m; height 1.7m.

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

Visible on the aerial photography.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165215Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX65NE35. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV165222Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1990. Notes on cairns. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 172, Ugborough 22.
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: #123757 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3114Related to: Boundary stone 190 metres north of cairn at Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV3113Related to: Boundary stone 90 metres north of cairn at Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV3111Related to: Boundary stone at top of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV3110Related to: Boundary stone at Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV3112Related to: Boundary stone north of cairn at Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV3125Related to: Cairn on the south-western brow of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV42777Related to: Large cairn north of Western Beacon (Monument)
MDV3123Related to: Possible cairn in vicinity 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 11:17AM