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HER Number:MDV3137
Name:Round cairn on Butterdon Hill, Harford

Summary

'Cairn 11' (Butler) on the upper south-west slope of Butterdon Hill is 16 metres in diameter and approximately 1.0 metre high and is one of a series of similar large cairns along the ridge between Butterdon Hill and Weatherdon Hill.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 654 585
Map Sheet:SX65NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX65NE/222
  • Old SAM County Ref: 301C
  • Old SAM Ref: 10536

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROUND 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.

'Tumulus' shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX65NE28, SX65NE28 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV166671.

Round cairn on Butterdon Hill situated on slope, in poor condition. Diameter 14.5 metres. Height varies 1.7 metres - 0.1 metre.

National Monument Record, 1976, SX6558, 2/240-244 (Aerial Photograph). SDV166651.

Photograph taken on 22nd April 1976.

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

South-west slope of Butterdon Hill. The only cairn on this hill entirely in Harford parish. Rock strewn ground. The cairn is crest sited from the south-west. A pile of stones of average size cairn for dartmoor, clear of vegetation overgrowth. A great deal of modern disturbance has taken place on top of the pile so that the present height and shape are suspect. Diameter 14 metres - 16 metres, height west side 1.8 metres, east side circa 1.0 metre. Altitude 358 metres.

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

Site visited on 23rd June 1973. Cairn covered by modern circular enclosure of granite boulders (included in height). Diameter 16 metres, height 1.8 metres.

Robinson, R., 1984, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984 (Un-published). SDV343082.

Site visited on 12th June 1984.

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

Large cairn visible on 1976 aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 24,27, Map 53, Figure 53.7 (Monograph). SDV337765.

'Cairn 11' on the south-west flank of Butterdon Hill is 18 metres diameter by 2 metres high.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UG23 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(05/09/2019) Condition assessed as very good; currently no damage agents affecting feature.

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

Image taken during September 2019 visit.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

This cairn, on the upper south slope of Butterdon Hill, consists of a mound of stones built upon a stone, earth and turf base, possibly with a berm and ditch. It is 16 metres in diameter and approximately 1.0 metre high and is one of a series of similar large cairns along the ridge between Butterdon Hill and Weatherdon Hill.

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

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

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). 2/240-244.
SDV166671Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX65NE28. OSAD Card SX65NE28. Card Index. SX65NE28.
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. 24,27, Map 53, Figure 53.7.
SDV343082Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1984. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UG23.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3135Related to: Cairn '18' (Butler) on Weatherdon Hill, Harford (Monument)
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)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 10 2020 1:26PM