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HER Number:MDV3796
Name:Cairn 290 meters 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/44/1
  • 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 three cairns, this is cairn B, consists of a heap of huge water worn granite stones, now very much despoiled, measuring 3.0 meters in diameter, and 1.0 meter in height. Earthbound only at the base of mound, much overgrown and situated in a swamp.
Possibly 19th century clearance cairns. 17/1/1980

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

Cairn consisting of a pile of large stones, measuring 3.0 meters in diameter, and 0.5 meters in height. (visited 29/5/1976)

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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1946 aerial photographs.

Fletcher, M. J., 1989, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV271954.

Almost certainly 19th century stone heaps.

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.
SDV271954Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1989. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
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: #89731 ]
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)
MDV3795Related to: Cairn 282 metres 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