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HER Number:MDV3795
Name:Cairn 282 metres south-east of Oakery


One of a second group of three cairns near Oakery (more southerly than other group). This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 597 740
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/44
  • 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, 485-488 (Article in Serial). SDV233834.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX57SE57 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV271937.

One of a group of 3 cairns. Cairn A consists of a number of very large water worn boulders, almost completely buried in long reed grass. The condition of this cairn is ruinous and much overgrown and it is impossible to give any measurements as the feature lies in outfall from sewage works and whole of surrounding area is swamp.

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

Cairn of large stones south-east of Oakery, north of Blackbrook River, measuring 3.0 meters in diameter, and 0.3 meters in height. (Visited 29/5/1976)

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

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force aerial photographs.

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. 485-488.
SDV271937Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX57SE57. 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: #89720 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3792Related to: Cairn 235 meters south-east of Oakery (Monument)
MDV3793Related to: Cairn 240 meters south-east of Oakery (Monument)
MDV3794Related to: Cairn 246 meters 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 3:55PM