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HER Number:MDV3746
Name:Round cairn 690 metres north-east of Sharpitor summit

Summary

One of two Bronze Age cairns and a short stone row are recorded on the lower slopes of Leeden Tor. These three features are now under fairly dense gorse vegetation. This (upper) cairn is in poor shape (2007) with little more than half the mound in situ around the central cist. The surviving stones of the outer ring are now flat; the coverstone and southern end slab of the cist have gone.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 564 708
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 SE 45
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/18
  • Old SAM County Ref: 940A
  • Old SAM Ref: 22267
  • Pastscape: 440155

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1947, 66th Report on Barrows, 31-2, plate 2 (Article in Serial). SDV16898.

One of two cairns. Cairn A; a cairn containing the remains of a cist. The cairn is 18 feet in diameter and 3 feet high with the remains of a cairn circle. The cist has one end stone and its cover missing (Plan).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX57SE45, Cairn A (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV272868.

(25/4/1950) One of two cairns between Princetown Road and the extreme western angle of enclosure of Stanlake Farm.
Cairn A: measures 7.3m in diameter, 1.0m high. A very fine cairn with kist 1.4m by 0.6m by 0.35m deep, exposed in centre. Cairn much despoiled at western side but remains undisturbed on east side. Stones of retaining circle are plainly visible. Kist lies north-west by south-east and latter end stone is missing. Cover stone has been removed and lies to west corner and is earthbound along one edge. There is a large stone and a number of smaller ones which are set into the floor of kist, and which are immovable.

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

(07/09/1972) Cairn with traces of retaining circle, removed from south-west, exposing cist placed south-south-east by north-north-west; southern slab missing. Short stone row descends to the south. Diameter 7.5 metres, height 0.9 metres. Cairn is one of two on the north-east slope of Sharpitor.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57SE45 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV272863.

Cairn A: A cairn measuring 7.2m in diameter and 1.0m in height with a few retaining stones around the perimeter (see ground photograph). The cairn has been dug away on the southwest side towards the centre, exposing a cist 1.4m long internally, 0.6m wide and 0.4m deep. Cairns and row positioned on 1:10 000 MSD, the row conventionalized.

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

Visited 19/1/1983.

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1946 aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., 1992 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Round cairn 10 metres in diameter, 0.8 metres high. A few retaining stones visible around the perimeter of the mound indicating the presence of a kerb which survives largely as a buried feature. South-west side of cairn has been partially excavated to reveal a cist orientated north-north-west by south-south-east. Interior of cist measures 1.4 metres long, 0.6 metres wide and 0.4 metres deep.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, Map 45 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Fletcher, M. J., 2007, Survey of cairns and stone row (Report - Survey). SDV272872.

(15/05/2007) Two Bronze Age cairns and a short stone row are recorded on the lower slopes of Leeden Tor. These three features are now under fairly dense gorse vegetation. This (upper) cairn is in poor shape with little more than half the mound in situ around the central cist. The surviving stones of the outer ring are now flat; the coverstone and southern end slab of the cist have gone. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale.

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. Map 45.
SDV16898Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1947. 66th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 79. Paperback Volume. 31-2, plate 2.
SDV272863Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57SE45. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV272868Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX57SE45. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Cairn A.
SDV272872Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007. Survey of cairns and stone row. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey.
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. 1992.
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV3747Related to: Round cairn 685 metres north-east of Sharpitor summit (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 26 2019 12:33PM