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

Summary - not yet available


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

Full description

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

Vis=25/4/1950 (os) one of two cairns between princetown road and extreme western angle of enclosure of stanlake farm. Cairn a 7.3m diameter, 1.0m high. A very fine cairn with kist 1.4m x 0.6m x 0.35m deep exposed in centre. Cairn much despoiled at w side but remains undisturbed to e side. Stones of retaining circle are plainly visible. Kist lies nw - se and latter endstone is missing. Coverstone removed and lies to w 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.

Ancient Monuments, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV272860.

Vis=26/4/1973 (ancient monuments) stone built with low kerb, central kist aligned n-s. Short stone row runs away from the cairn on n-s alignment, 50m long. Under moorland grass. Os 6" cvi se.

NMR, CITING OS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272863.

From the w edge of this cairn an alignment of stones can be traced for about 40m in a s direction and ending at a track or disused leat. At the n end 7 protruding stones appear to represent a rather poorly set out double row. Thereafter stones occur in arbitrary fashion and though it is possible to make pairs, all the stones are simply protruding the turf, mostly from 2 to 5cms and at the s end are well off the alignment and fall into no recognisable pattern (nmr, citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272868.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV272870.

Aph=nmr sx 56 70.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272872.

Des=os survey drawing in parish file.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV272873.

Des=robinson, r. /list of fmw visits/(19/1/1983)/in smr.

Worth, R. H., 1943, 66th Report on Barrows (Article in Serial). SDV16898.

Worth, r. H. /tda/79(1947)31-2, pl.2/66th report on barrows.

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

7/9/1972 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.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). 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 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Ordnance Survey, 2016, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359352.

Historic England, 2016, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV359353.

National Monument Record, 2016, Pastscape (Website). SDV359354.

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.
SDV16898Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1943. 66th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 75. Hardback Volume.
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV272860Report - Survey: Ancient Monuments.
SDV272863Migrated Record: NMR, CITING OS.
SDV272868Migrated Record:
SDV272870Aerial Photograph:
SDV272872Migrated Record:
SDV272873Migrated Record:
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.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV359352Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2016. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV359353National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2016. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV359354Website: National Monument Record. 2016. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.

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:Aug 23 2016 4:43PM