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HER Number:MDV3299
Name:Limsboro' Tumulus on Lynch Tor

Summary

A typical 'tor cairn' where a rock outcrop 3.5m high has been piled about with stones to a height of 1.7m. Originally this was probably lower since stones have been gathered and the cairn 'restored', possibly by the military. The original diameter was 22.5m, denoted by stones protruding from the turf; the present diameter (1979) is 14.3m.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 565 805
Map Sheet:SX58SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Limsboro' Tumulus surrounding a rock outcrop on Lynch Tor

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX58SE19
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440633
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/5

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M., 1931, The Place-Names of Devon: Part One, 195 (Monograph). SDV1312.

"In 1608 (Dartmoor) the spot is called Luntesborowe, i.e. 'tumulus of some man named Lunt', a name which is apparently preserved in Limsbarrow, a tumulus on the tor".

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995, 4377 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224714.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX58SE19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV214755.

(02/10/1950) A very large collection of stones and granite blocks surrounding a natural outcrop of granite. At the north and east sides the structure has almost entirely disappeared, the material having been used in construction of shelters now ruined, which are close by. The condition of the feature is poor and the stones are spread over a wide area.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 144 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX58SE19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV214757.

(16/10/1979) A typical 'tor cairn' where a rock outcrop 3.5m high has been piled about with stones to a height of 1.7m. Originally this was probably lower since stones have been gathered and the cairn 'restored', possibly by the military. The original diameter was 22.5m, denoted by stones protruding from the turf; the present diameter is 14.3m.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD. See ground photographs.

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

Visible on 1947 aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, Map 32 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Depicted and described by Butler.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(21/08/1995) Centred SX 56578054. The cairn is generally as described in 1979 though several recent delvings and drystone constructions have taken place within the fabric of the monument. the protruding stones recorded in 1979 indicate a slightly ovoid mound measuring 23.5m N to S by 22m.

Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

(10/08/2004) As described in 1995. Condition is fair but risk of disturbance continues.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1312Monograph: Gover, J. E. B. + Mawer, A. + Stenton, F. M.. 1931. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. The Place-Names of Devon: Part One. VIII. A5 Hardback. 195.
SDV214755Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX58SE19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV214757Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX58SE19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. Map 32.
SDV224714Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4377.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 144.
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.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV346874Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #87628 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8713 - Merrivale Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:Nov 8 2021 12:10PM