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HER Number:MDV3747
Name:Round cairn 685 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 (lower) cairn is well defined with much of its structure intact despite the presence of a central shallow pit. Ordnance Survey mapping indicates the presence of a short stone row extending from the south-east side of this lower cairn. This area is now (2007) hidden by bramble and gorse vegetation therefore interpretation is difficult however it appears that at least some of the visible stones here lie in a slight gully - part of the natural rock sub-strata exposed by water erosion.

Location

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

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/18/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 940B
  • Old SAM Ref: 22268

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • STONE ALIGNMENT? (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 B measures 24 feet in diameter, with no apparent cist or cairn circle.

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

(25/04/1950) One of two cairns between Princetown road and extreme western angle of enclosure of Stanlake Farm.
Cairn B measures 7.0m in diameter, height 0.7m. Condition very good although it appears to have been dug into from the top. The kist however does not appear to have been exposed, although a great many stones have been uncovered. The retaining circle is visible and the mound is well preserved.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 175, 07/09/1972 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Cairn, hollow towards centre. Diameter 8.0m, height 0.9m. One of two cairns on north-east slope of Sharpitor.

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

B: A turf-covered cairn measuring 7.0m in diameter and 0.8m in height with a hollow in the top (see ground photograph) and a shallow trench.
It is from the western edge of this cairn that an alignment of stones can be traced for about 40m in a southerly direction and ending at a track or disused leat. At the northern end seven protruding stones appear to represent a rather poorly set out double row (see illustration plan). 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 southern end are well off the alignment and fall into no recognisable pattern.
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 19/01/1983.

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.

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 (lower) cairn is well defined with much of its structure intact despite the presence of a central shallow pit. Ordnance Survey mapping indicates the presence of a short stone row extending from the south-east side of this lower cairn. This area is now hidden by bramble and gorse vegetation therefore interpretation is difficult however it appears that at least some of the visible stones here lie in a slight gully - part of the natural rock sub-strata exposed by water erosion. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale.

Sources / Further Reading

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. Cairn B.
SDV272868Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX57SE45. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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, 07/09/1972.
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

MDV3746Related to: Round cairn 690 metres north-east of Sharpitor summit (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 26 2019 12:32PM