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HER Number:MDV3369
Name:Cairns south-west of enclosure east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor

Summary

A group of three cairns near two huts to the south-west of enclosure at Drizzlecombe. All the cairns have been dig into and some are hard to differentiate from the huts.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 592 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 24
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/74
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24104
  • Old SAM Ref: 10724
  • Pastscape: 438568

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 210 (Monograph). SDV231148.

A ruined barrow with cairn circle.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX56NE24 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV229317.

(27/06/1977) A cairn, situated on a south-west facing slope of 350m OD. It consists of an amorphous mound of stones containing a number of larger boulders which form no coherent pattern. Its diameter is 7.5m and its height 0.5m. There is no trace of the retaining circle mentioned by Worth in 1953. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

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

Cairn, hollow towards centre, with retaining circle. Diameter 7.0 metre, height 0.3 metres.

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

Not visible on aerial photograph.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133427 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 12th March 1993. Cairn survives as a 7 metres diameter mound standing up to 0.4 metres high. The south-east side of the mound has seen limited damage as a result of robbing or a partial early excavation. There are some upright stones in the make up of the cairn and a few stones set on edge around the periphery of the mound may represent a kerb.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Butler shows a group of three cairns to the south-west of Drizzlecombe enclosure (A). He states that they have all been dug into at the centre and some are hard to ditinguish from the huts in the area.

Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S., 1999, Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon (Report - Survey). SDV346268.

(08/09/1999) SX 5925 6718. A badly damaged cairn composed of stones and small boulders is 7.2m in diameter and a maximum 0.6m high on the downhill side. A large ragged central depression is 0.6m deep with spoil piled on the mound and the north-west side. Some small edge-set stones are visible around the periphery.
An additional two small cairns are shown on the survey mapping to the south-east and south-west of this cairn but are not described separately.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1014145 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Cairn diameter 5 metres, height 0.5 metres. Some upright stones in its make-up and a possible retaining kerb.

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. 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49.
SDV229317Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX56NE24. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 210.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 167.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133427.
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.
SDV346268Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S.. 1999. Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1014145.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #112727 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV122549Related to: Hut Circle (1) in the centre of a Prehistoric Enclosure (A) east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122552Related to: Hut Circle (2) on the east side of a Prehistoric Enclosure (A) east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122554Related to: Hut Circle (3) on the north side of a Prehistoric Enclosure (A) east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122555Related to: Hut Circle (4) on the west side of the Extension of a Prehistoric Enclosure (A) east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV122556Related to: Hut Circle (5) on the east side of the Extension of a Prehistoric Enclosure (A) east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV55244Related to: Hut Circle (6) south of a Prehistoric Enclosure (A), Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3368Related to: Possible Hut Circle south of a Prehistoric Enclosure (A) east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV4033Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (A) with Extension to the East, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Oct 8 2019 2:46PM