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HER Number:MDV3348
Name:Cairn on Shavercombe Tor


Cairn, one of two on shavercombe tor. Dished in centre, western most of the two.


Grid Reference:SX 592 661
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/58
  • Old SAM County Ref: 497A
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24230(P)
  • Old SAM Ref: 10670
  • Pastscape: 1356297

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=8/6/1974 (grinsell) cairn with flat interior, or hut circle? diam 13.0m, height 0.6m.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149013.

Cairn, one of two on shavercombe tor. Dished in centre, western most of the two.

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV149014.

Vis=-/10/1961 (ancient monuments).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV149018.

Vis=not visible on 1946 raf verticals (rchm app 1985).

AM, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV149019.

Vis=estimated -/-/1990 (ancient monuments) cairn diam 8m, height 0.6m, with central hollow (am).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149022.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149023.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)163.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149025.

Thackray, c.(ed)/the upper plym valley;the management of an historic landscape/(1994)259/102.948.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV149026.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities/3(1994)123-4;49.9.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=19/5/1950 (os) these cairns are composed of smaller stones than is normally found in the dartmoor cairns. Cairn b height 0.3m, diameter 7.3m. Hollow in centre.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 140469, (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(03/05/1995) Cairn measures 6.7m by 6.3m and stands up to 0.6m high. A slight rubble filled oval hollow in the centre of the mound, 4m by 2m by 0.1m deep, represents the site of robbing or a partial early excavation.
There appears to be some confusion concerning the identity of this feature. The National Trust Upper Plym Inventory reports that the Ordnance Survey consider this to be a cairn, although the national archaeological record notes that they are more likely to be huts. Grinsell and Butler consider it most likely to be a cairn; an interpretation which on the basis of field evidence alone the MPP archaeologist agrees with. This cairn forms part of a round cairn cemetery which includes at least 5 mounds scattered amongst stone hut circles.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(15/01/2002) Centred SX 5929 6616. One of a cluster of five prehistoric cairns on the gently sloping northern flank of Shavercombe Tor.
SX 5930 6614.Measuring 7.0m north-south by 6.4m and 0.7m high the top of this feature has been disturbed to expose its stony fabric.
None of the cairns display any evidence of cists or kerbs.
Several of these features have previously been recorded as hut circles (see SX 56 NE 97) or included with record SX 56 NE 98.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, upht-36 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(24/03/2020) Condition of cairn assessed as very good. Site little visited and area is lightly grazed, no damage evident. Site is stable.

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

Photographed during March 2020 visit.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV149013Migrated Record:
SDV149014Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments.
SDV149018Report - Survey: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV149019Report - Survey: AM.
SDV149022Migrated Record:
SDV149023Migrated Record:
SDV149025Migrated Record:
SDV149026Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. OSA. Card Index.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 140469,.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. upht-36.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV55476Related to: Cairn in hut circle settlement north-west of Hen Tor (Monument)
MDV3349Related to: Cairn on Shavercombe Tor (Monument)
MDV129291Related to: Small cairn on Shavercombe Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Nov 20 2020 10:06AM