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HER Number:MDV3574
Name:Cairn at Hare Tor

Summary

A well-defined BA cairn is situated on a ridge crest north of Hare Tor at SX55188457, some 510m above OD. It was probably originally flat-topped with steep sides but it has been disturbed and a small cairn has been built on one side. It measures 11.6m in diameter with an average height of 0.8m and a maximum height including upcast of 1.5m. Surveyed at 1:2500 as part of the RCHME Willsworthy project.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 551 845
Map Sheet:SX58SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLydford
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX58SE1
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 440579
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SE/27
  • Old SAM County Ref: 477
  • Old SAM Ref: 20339

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Bronze Age to Late Iron Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

AM, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV235009.

Vis=estimated -/-/1990 (ancient monuments) round cairn. Diameter 11.8m, height 1.4m. Partially excavated in 1905. Steep sided edges indicate presence of a kerb (am).

Worth, R. H., 1905, 24th Report of the Barrow Committee, 90 (Article in Serial). SDV64705.

A cairn, lying between the summits of Hare Tor and Sharp Tor and about one-third of the distance towards the latter, was excavated in the spring of 1905 with nil results. Interment pit.

Worth, R. H., 1937, 56th Report of the Barrow Committee, 82 (Article in Serial). SDV20973.

Centre dug into.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1979, SX58SE1 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV235012.

(19/07/1950) Cairn at hare tor, between the summits of Hare Tor and Sharp Tor. Barrow with pit. Diameter 11.0m, height 1.4m.
(02/10/1979) In a false crest position at 505.0m OD is a partly turf-covered
cairn, in fair condition, with a flattish profile. It measures 11.8m in diameter and 1.2m high and has a hollowed centre with exposed loose small stones and larger stones packed around the perimeter.
Revised at 1:10 000 on MSD.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 144 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(11/09/1975). Crescent shaped cairn. Material from east side removed. Excavated. Diameter 10.0m, height 1.0m

Robinson, R., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV345762.

(03/09/1983) Site visited.

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

Not visible on the 1940s Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 106, 53 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Depicted and described by Butler.

Probert, S. + Fletcher, M. + Newman, P., 1998, Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy, Devon: An Archaeological survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (Report - Survey). SDV350638.

(23/06/1998) A well-defined BA cairn is situated on a ridge crest north of Hare Tor at SX55188457, some 510m above OD. It was probably originally flat-topped with steep sides but it has been disturbed and a small cairn has been built on one side. It measures 11.6m in diameter with an average height of 0.8m and a maximum height including upcast of 1.5m. It lies on an isolated area of slate and shale bedrock and is covered by low heather moorland.

Probert, S., 2001, Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy, Devon. Integrated Land Management Plan Implementation: Archaeological Condition Baseline Survey Appendices 2-5 (Report - Survey). SDV357727.

(23/10/2001) This feature remains as described in 1998 though more of the loose stones that comprise the monument have been incorporated into the walker's cairn.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV20973Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1937. 56th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A4 Unbound. 82.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 106, 53.
SDV235009Report - Survey: AM.
SDV235012Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1979. SX58SE1. 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. 144.
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.
SDV345762Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV350638Report - Survey: Probert, S. + Fletcher, M. + Newman, P.. 1998. Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy, Devon: An Archaeological survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV357727Report - Survey: Probert, S.. 2001. Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy, Devon. Integrated Land Management Plan Implementation: Archaeological Condition Baseline Survey Appendices 2-5. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. A4 Comb Bound + Digital.
SDV64705Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1905. 24th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 37. 90.

Associated Monuments

MDV103626Related to: Cairn 300 metres south-east of Sharp Tor (Monument)
MDV131981Related to: Military boundary stone, Hare Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8437 - Excavation at cairn north of Hare Tor
  • EDV7368 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy (1998)
  • EDV6663 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV6664 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV6665 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV8141 - Condition survey of the Willsworthy Training Area

Date Last Edited:Nov 12 2021 2:41PM