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HER Number:MDV3372
Name:Giant's Basin cairn, Drizzlecombe


A large turf covered cairn, with a large hollow in centre. Known as giants basin. Diameter 24m, height 3m.


Grid Reference:SX 591 669
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/77
  • Old SAM County Ref: 462
  • Old SAM Ref: 24104
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


Vis=12/3/1993 (gerrard) survives as a 22m diam stony mound standing up to 3m high. A central hollow of the mound, 8.3m in diam and 1.4m deep, represents the site of robbing or partial early excavation. A ditch, from which construction material was quarried, surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a 2.5m wide band of rushes, caused by increased moisture in the buried ditch (mpp).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=29/7/1972 (grinsell) cairn with huge hollow towards centre from which the first name derived. Dug into from sw. Ditch suggested by rushes around circumference. Diameter 25.0m, height 2.2m. Cairn named giant's basin or giant's grave.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231978.

A large turf covered cairn, with a large hollow in centre. Known as giants basin. Diameter 24m, height 3m.

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV231979.

Vis=(ancient monuments) diameter 21.64m, stones piled up on the rim c.1.8m high.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231983.

Recorded (rchm app 1985).

DNH:10/4/1996, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231985.

Smc granted for works concerning erosion repairs (dnh:10/4/1996).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231986.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV231987.

Aph=nmr sx 59 66.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231988.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)168.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231989.

Breton, h. H (1914). Beautiful dartmoor. I. Sheepstor and its border lands. P.50.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231990.

Worth, r. H (1890) "the moorland plym", trans. Plymouth inst.10/307.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231991.

Worth, r. N. /tda/22(1890)50-51.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV231992.

Aph=nmr sf2134/81(12/4/1983).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231993.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities/3(1994)137.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231994.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231995.

Dnh/smc letter(10/4/1996)/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV231996.

Das field guide/11(1995)/the drizzlecombe stone rows/in pf.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV231997.

Aph=raf/cpe/uk 2494/4128-9.

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

Vis=27/6/1977 (os) in good condition except for depression. Diameter 23m, height 2.3m.

Robinson, R., 1984, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984 (Un-published). SDV343082.


Sources / Further Reading

  • Migrated Record:
  • Migrated Record:
  • Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments.
  • Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
  • Migrated Record: DNH:10/4/1996.
  • Migrated Record:
  • Aerial Photograph:
  • Migrated Record:
  • Migrated Record:
  • Migrated Record:
  • Migrated Record:
  • Aerial Photograph:
  • Migrated Record:
  • Migrated Record:
  • Migrated Record:
  • Migrated Record:
  • Aerial Photograph:
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
  • Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
  • Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1984. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.

Associated Monuments

MDV14776Related to: Alignment (Monument)
MDV55252Related to: Cairn near the Giant's Basin cairn, Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV3373Related to: Cist near Giant's Basin cairn (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 22 2015 1:44PM