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HER Number:MDV3135
Name:Cairn '18' (Butler) on Weatherdon Hill, Harford

Summary

'Cairn 18' (Butler) is a large cairn consisting of a mound of loosely packed stones on a base of stone and earth, the circumference of which projects beyond the stones. It is 20 metres in diameter by 1.6 metres high and has an outer ditch. It is one of a series of large examples along the ridge between Butterdon Hill and Weatherdon Hill.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 650 588
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX65NE24
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/220
  • Old SAM Ref: 10533
  • Pastscape: 441167

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.

One of the 'Tumuli' shown on Weatherdon Hill on 19th century map.

National Monument Record, 1976, SX6558, 3/245-246 (Aerial Photograph). SDV166651.

Photograph taken on 22nd April 1976.

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1979, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

The most westerly of three cairns on Weatherdon Hill. A disorderly pile of stones, not covered by overgrowth. Several stones of large size, 40 inches by 30 inches, and 40 inches by 15 inches, and of that order, are revealed on the east side of the hollow centre of the cairn, and the cairn has many stones which would appear too heavy for one man to lift. Diameter circa 20 metres, height circa 1.2 metres, altitude circa 340 metres.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 141 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Cairn with large hollow centre. Diameter 20 metres by height 1.6 metres. Siting hillspur.

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

Medium sized cairn visible on 1976 aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 24, 26, Map 53, Figure 53.7 (Monograph). SDV337765.

'Cairn 18' of 20 metres diameter by 1.5 metres high. It has a large pit on the northern edge which has revealed an unusual structure for a large cairn. Two large pillars, one of them erect, which are perhaps members of an inner ring of stones.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

This cairn has a mound of stones built on a stone and earth base the circumference of which projects beyond the stones. It is 20 metres in diameter and approximately 1.5 metres high, and is one of a series of large examples along the ridge between Butterdon Hill and Weatherdon Hill.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 441167, SX65NE24 (Website). SDV363416.

Field Investigation on 24th March 1950. Cairn on Weatherdon Hill of 17.5 metres in diameter by 1.7 metres high, with a large hollow in the centre.
A cairn situated on a spur at SX 65055885. It is 20 metres in diameter by 1.6 metres high, with a large central hollow.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV166651Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1976. SX6558. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3/245-246.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 141.
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. 24, 26, Map 53, Figure 53.7.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #125731 ]
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 441167, SX65NE24.

Associated Monuments

MDV3136Related to: Cairn '19' (Butler) on Weatherdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV13165Related to: Cairn '20' (Butler) near the summit of Weatherdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV3134Related to: Cairn north-west of Butterdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
MDV2897Related to: Cairn on Butterdon Hill at southern end of stone row, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2896Related to: Cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2895Related to: Large cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV2915Related to: Large Cairn on Butterdon Hill, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV3137Related to: Round cairn on Butterdon Hill, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 17 2021 10:47AM