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HER Number:MDV3423
Name:Round cairn 100 metres south of Down Tor, Walkhampton

Summary

Cairn containing cist. Mound measures 4.3 metres diameter and stands up to 0.3 metres high. Centre mound has been partially excavated to reveal a cist orientated east-west. Interior of cist measures 0.7 metres by 0.45 metres by 0.5 metres deep. Capstone measures 1.8 metres by 0.9 metres wide, has been displaced, and now lies a short distance south of the cist. Described as well preserved in 2008.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 580 692
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 14
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/119
  • Old SAM Ref: 24087
  • Pastscape: 438538

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIST (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • ROUND CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Copeland, G. W., 1938, Seventh Report of the Plymouth and District Branch, 330 (Article in Serial). SDV343215.

Worth, R.H., 1948, 53rd Report of Scientific Memoranda, pg 80 and plate 1 (plan and view). (Article in Serial). SDV362505.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 175 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(6/9/1972) Remains of cairn containing cist placed almost east/west. Diameter 4.5 metres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX56NE14, plan,section,photograph. (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV252563.

(Visited 28/3/1979) At SX 58036928, on the southern slope of Down Tor at 335.0 metres OD, is a small cairn of diameter 4.3 metres and height 0.3 metres containing the remains of a cist. This cist measures 1.6 metres by 0.9 metres externally, 1.0 metres by 0.6 metres internally and has a depth of 0.6 metres. It consists of two side stones. one end stone and a displaced cover stone measuring
1.8 metres by 0.9 metres it is orientated east-west. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

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

Not visible 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133163, 25/5/1993 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(SX 5803 6927) Cairn containing cist. Mound measures 4.3 metres in diameter and stands up to 0.3 metres high. Centre mound has been partially excavated to reveal a cist orientated east-west. Interior of cist measures 0.7 metres by 0.45 metres by 0.5 metres deep. Capstone measuring 1.8 metres by 0.9 metres wide, has been displaced, and now lies a short distance south of the cist.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 65, Map 47, Figure 47.4 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Small cairn at SX58036928 of 4.0 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high with a cist. Little remains if the covering mound. Two sides and an end stone of the cist remain in place though leaning inwards and the cover slab has been displaced downhill. The cist has been dug into from the west side where the end stone is missing, probably the slab now propped against the opposite corner with the upcast from the pit. Flat slabs near the open end of the cist are probably from an encircling ring, large enough to have stood clear of the mound.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, WLK-DT5 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 10/06/2019 Mound barely discernible. Faint animal track running across mound beside N side of kist. Photo taken

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs, WLK-DT5 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Visited 10/06/2019 Photo taken giving a general view east looking along the line of the cist

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 2008 data (Website). SDV362732.

Visited 06/01/2008. Described as well preserved. Surveyed at 1:2500 (citing Fletcher, M., 06/01/2008, English Heritage Field Investigation).

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

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1008642 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

The monument includes a round cairn containing a cist situated on a south facing slope below Down Tor overlooking the valley of the Narrator Brook. The cairn mound measures 4.3 metres in diameter and stands up to 0.3 metres high. The centre of the mound has been partially excavated to reveal a cist orientated east to west. The interior of this cist measures 0.7 metres long by 0.45 metres wide and 0.5 metres deep. The capstone, which measures 1.8 metres by 0.9 metres wide, has been displaced, and now lies a short distance south of the cist.

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. 65, Map 47, Figure 47.4.
SDV252563Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX56NE14. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Digital. plan,section,photograph..
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 175.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133163, 25/5/1993.
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.
SDV343215Article in Serial: Copeland, G. W.. 1938. Seventh Report of the Plymouth and District Branch. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 70. A5 Hardback. 330.
SDV362505Article in Serial: Worth, R.H.. 1948. 53rd Report of Scientific Memoranda. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 80. pg 80 and plate 1 (plan and view)..
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 2008 data.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. WLK-DT5.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. WLK-DT5.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1008642.

Associated Monuments

MDV61957Related to: Tor cairn 60 metres south-east of Down Tor (Monument)
MDV28532Related to: Two stone hut circles 160 metres south of Down Tor, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project

Date Last Edited:Apr 12 2021 11:22AM