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HER Number:MDV3792
Name:Cairn 235 meters south-east of Oakery


One of a group of three cairns near Oakery. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 597 741
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Row of six cairns on north bank of Blackbrook River, circa 260 metres downstream of Oakery Bridge

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/43
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Prowse, A. B., 1901, The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor, 495-499 (Article in Serial). SDV233834.

One of a group of three cairns near Oakery. Cairns only a few yards distant from each other, made up of large rounded stones.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67SE56 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV271960.

Cairn A consists of a number of huge stones, loosely piled up. The height could be greater, but in view of the boggy grounds, precise measurements are impossible to make. Stones appear water worn and are not earth covered but overgrown with lichen. There is a cavity in the middle of the cairn. Condition fair. Diameter 5.5-3.5 meters, height 1.0 meter. Other details: Including plan.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 151 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Cairn south-east of Oakery, north of Blackbrook River. Diameter 4.0 meters, height 0.9 meters (07/09/1972).

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

None of these cairns are visible on Royal Air Force 1946 vertical photos.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV233834Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1901. The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Unknown. 495-499.
SDV271960Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67SE56. 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. 151.
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.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #89697 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3793Related to: Cairn 240 meters south-east of Oakery (Monument)
MDV3794Related to: Cairn 246 meters south-east of Oakery (Monument)
MDV3795Related to: Cairn 282 metres south-east of Oakery (Monument)
MDV3796Related to: Cairn 290 meters south-east of Oakery (Monument)
MDV3797Related to: Cairn 308 meters south-east of Oakery (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2015 3:54PM