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HER Number:MDV3374
Name:Cairn at Ditsworthy Warren

Summary

The remains of this kerb circle consist of 7 stones surviving in the eastern half. Two are 0.3m high, the others are flush with the ground; all average about 0.5m in length. The original diameter was approximately 3.3m. There is a possibly displaced block of stone, 0.3m by 0.2m by 0.1m high, isolated on the east side of the perimeter. A very slight rise possibly indicating the cairn is visible within the circle. Excavated in 1914.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 591 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cairn circle to east of Drizzle Combe, Ditsworthy Warren

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record (Yes): SX56NE40
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 438613
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/78

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1915, 34th Report of the Barrow Committee, 131-133 (Article in Serial). SDV364046.

Remains of a kerb circle eighty yards south of the cist known as "Drizzlecombe Northern" (SX 56 NE 23). Almost total excavation in 1914 revealed half an 11 ft diameter cairn circle and the slight remains of a cairn. Notable finds were three flint flakes and a "well finished" flint scraper.

Worth, R. H., 1937, 56th Report of the Barrow Committee, 96, plate 17, fig 3 (Article in Serial). SDV20973.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1977, SX56NE40 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV231929.

(31/05/1950) no trace of "stone circle".
(27/06/1977) The remains of this kerb circle consist of 7 stones surviving in the eastern half. Two are 0.3m high, the others are flush with the ground; all average about 0.5m in length. The original diameter was approximately 3.3m. There is a possibly displaced block of stone, 0.3m by 0.2m by 0.1m high, isolated on the east side of the perimeter. A very slight rise possibly indicating the cairn is visible within the circle. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 167/25a (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Cairn 3.8m diameter height slight.

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

Not visible on the 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 47 48 75/E35 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle. Nearly complete ring of kerb stones, 3.5m internal diam, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.4m high. Central pit contained charcoal.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 142, map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Depicted and described by Butler.

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

(30/08/1999) The remains of this ring cairn lie in deep heather and bracken vegetation and are now difficult to see. Probing revealed the presence of the remnants of the low stone kerb as described by the Ordnance Survey (1977).

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

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Cairn Circle marked on modern mapping.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UP-DZ 22 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 05/02/2020. Overall condition moderate. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs, UP-DZ 22 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 160° showing grass/moss and bracken cover.

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. 142, map 49.
SDV20973Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1937. 56th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A4 Unbound. 96, plate 17, fig 3.
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. 47 48 75/E35.
SDV231929Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1977. SX56NE40. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 167/25a.
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.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #88076 ]
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. UP-DZ 22.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UP-DZ 22.
SDV364046Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1915. 34th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 47. Digital. 131-133.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey
  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor. The Eylesbarrow archaeological landscape
  • EDV8380 - Excavation of the cairn circle

Date Last Edited:Jun 28 2021 2:59PM