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HER Number:MDV3360
Name:Cairn west of Legis Lake, Sheepstor

Summary

Cairn west of Legis Lake just north of the boundary with enclosed land to the south of 8.0 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high. It lies within 100 metres of a stone circle and within a few hundred metres of a stone row and other cairns

Location

Grid Reference:SX 565 655
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE63
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438680
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/65
  • Old SAM County Ref: 10588
  • Pastscape: 438680

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1910, 29th Report of the Barrow Committee, 63 (Article in Serial). SDV215873.

A low mound, 21 ft diameter and 10 ins high, within the slight remains of a cairn circle. Excavations in 1910 revealed a pit, filled with a mixture of earth and charcoal, a little north of centre.

Worth, R. H., 1912, 31st Report of the Barrow Committee, 83 (Article in Serial). SDV233835.

Breton, H. H., 1914, Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities, 58 (Monograph). SDV256843.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1977, SX56NE63 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV229158.

(31/05/1950) Turf covered cairn. Five stones of a possible retaining circle remain, all are fallen. Diameter 7.2 metres by 0.2 metres high.
(26/06/1977) A cairn, at 270.0 m comprising a low turf covered mound of stones, 5.5 m diameter and 0.2 m high. Around it five boulders embedded in the turf, one probably the vestigial remains of a cairn circle.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 167, Sheepstor 21 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Visited on 28th July 1972 and 30th May 1977. Cairn with retaining circle of which five stones protrude and there are indications of others. Diameter 8.2 metres, height 0.2 metres. Excavated by R. H. Worth: just north of centre, a pit containing charcoal mixed with earth. The associated stone row claimed by Breton appears to be a few naturally placed boulders.

National Monuments Record, 1978, NMR SX5666, 2/148 (Aerial Photograph). SDV254609.

Photograph taken on 20th May 1977.

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

Recorded from aerial photograph.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 54, 79, F15 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Encircled cairn. Ring of orthostats 8.1 metres diameter, around cairn 3.5 metres diameter and 0.3 metres high.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 144-5, Map 49, Figure 49.21 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Ringmoor Down cairn '1' at Sx56566550 of 10.0 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high. This cairn was excavated in 1909 with trenches from north to south and across the centre at right angles. They revealed a shallow internment pit which had already been dug into and contained only charcoal mixed with earth.

Newman, P. + Probert, S., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

(09/02/2005) SX 56566550. A low turf covered mound 5.5m in diameter an a maximum of 0.25m high lies in open moorland immediately N of Brisworthy Farm. The site is now largely obscured by long grass. The alleged vestiges of the cairn circle appear very dubious.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPRM-12 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(20/05/2019) Condition assessed as ?very good by volunteer recorders, although a number of the stones are hidden by vegetation (not seen as being particularly vulnerable).

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

Feature photographed in May 2019.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1012421 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This cairn lies to the west of Legis Lake, just north of the boundary with enclosed land to the south. It is a grass-covered mound 8.0 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres in height, with five stones of a retaining kerb around it. It lies within 100 metres of a stone circle and within a few hundred metres of a stone row and other cairns.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 144-5, Map 49, Figure 49.21.
SDV215873Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1910. 29th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 42. 63.
SDV229158Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1977. SX56NE63. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 54, 79, F15.
SDV233835Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1912. 31st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 44. Unknown. 83.
SDV254609Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1978. NMR SX5666. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/148.
SDV256843Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1914. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. 58.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 167, Sheepstor 21.
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.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPRM-12.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #130124 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012421.

Associated Monuments

MDV3983Related to: Brisworthy Stone Circle, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3987Related to: Cairn at the southern end of Ringmoor Down stone row, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4030Related to: Cairn with cist west of Legis Lake, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3986Related to: Ringmoor Down Stone Row, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8376 - Excavation at cairn west of Legis Lake

Date Last Edited:Jun 29 2021 11:47AM