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HER Number:MDV3169
Name:Platform cairn 30 metres north-west of Fordsland Ledge

Summary

The disturbed remains of a turf-and-heather-covered cairn at Fordsland Ledge. The feature measures 12.2m by 13.9m in diameter and the earthwork element stands 0.7m high. A number of large upright stones have been positioned in the centre of the mound suggesting its reuse as a small shelter.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 575 888
Map Sheet:SX58NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX58NE2
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440458
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NE/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 478
  • Old SAM Ref: 24160
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX58NE2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV253192.

Osa=SX58NE2 (31/07/1950) cairn, probably contained a kistvaen, the remains of which may be discerned in the centre of the mound. The stones are in no particular formation, but are sufficiently large and of such a shape as to suggest the remains of a cist. This barrow has been badly mutilated. Vis=31/7/1950 (clarke, os archaeology division) mutilated cairn, large slabs in centre may be remains of cist. Diam.10.5m, height 0.1m.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV253193.

Vis=1/9/1961 (ancient monuments) cairn at fordsland lodge, possibly with cist, but centre disturbed and caplike stones on edge.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 204 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 159 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX58NE2 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV253196.

(02/10/1979) SX 57588888. In a crest position on Fordsland Ledge at 581.0m OD.
is the disturbed remains of a turf-and-heather-covered cairn. It measures 12.2m by 13.9m in diameter and is 1.1m high. In a hollow in the centre are a number of large stones suggesting the possibility of a former cist or even a chamber, utilizing the natural outcrop as its base.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD.

Robinson, R., 1982, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982 (Un-published). SDV342809.

(23/02/1982) Field Monument Warden visit.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133358 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(31/01/1994) Platform cairn near a rock outcrop known as Fordsland Ledge, on the south-western spur of High Willhays. Cairn mound measures 13.9m in diameter and stands up to 1.1m high. A rectangular pit, 1.4mby 0.9m by 0.7m deep, lined roughly with large stones is visible within the centre of the mound and may represent the site of a robbed cist or other structure. A number of stones protruding from the mound may have been exposed during the exploration of the cairn. A small number of edge set stones define the northern edge of the mound and these probably represent a kerb which survives elsewhere around the periphery as a buried feature.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 215 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P., 2003-2004, Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV350801.

(26/01/2004) SX 5788 8889. The cairn at Fordsland Ledge remains as described by Authority 2 though the earthwork element of the site only remains to a height of 0.7m. The large stones visible in the centre of the feature are somewhat unusual and not typical of a cist-like structure. The presence of a chamber is very doubtful and it is more likely that the interior of the cairn has, at some point, been remodelled to create a small shelter. See ground photographs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 215.
SDV253192Migrated Record:
SDV253193Migrated Record:
SDV253196Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX58NE2. 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. 159.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133358.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 204.
SDV342809Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1982. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Unknown.
SDV350801Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Newman, P.. 2003-2004. Measured survey North Dartmoor Military Range Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. 28-2004. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range

Date Last Edited:Oct 25 2021 10:56AM