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HER Number:MDV3988
Name:Cairn to the north of Gutter Tor and south-east of Nattor Farm, Sheepstor

Summary

Cairn to the north of Gutter Tor on the south side of the road to the south-east of Nattor Farm which reportably once contained a cist

Location

Grid Reference:SX 573 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE36
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/9
  • Old SAM County Ref: 575
  • Old SAM Ref: 10582

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • CIST? (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Hut Circle' shown on 19th century map.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

'Hut Circle' shown on early 20th century map.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/106G/UK, 1190 (Aerial Photograph). SDV71055.

Photograph taken on 2nd February 1946.

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 4131 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Photogrpah taken in March 1948.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX56NE36, SX56NE36 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV260518.

Visited on 30th May 1950. Remains of large cairn, approximately 19.5 metres diameter. Badly mutilated.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 166 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Visited on 29th July 1972. Mutilated cairn just south of the road. Diameter 20.0 metres, height 1.0 metres.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Recorded.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 118, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Gutter Tor cairn '4' at SX57386717 of 23 metres diameter by 1.0 metres high lies by the roadside south of Nattor Farm.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UPRM-21 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

(29/01/2020) Condition assessed as very good, although two clumps of gorse and some reed cover noted in the center of the cairn and north-east corner.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording photographs (Photograph). SDV363073.

Cairn photographed during January 2020 visit.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1012283 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This cairn lies immediately to the south of the road, south-west of Nattor Farm. It is 20 metres in diameter and 1.0 metres in height, it consists of a mound built of small stones and earth and is reported to have contained a cist, though this is not visible. It lies approximately 75 metres north-west of Eylesbarrow Reave and within 500 metres of several other cairns and enclosures. The mound has been damaged, probably during the enclosure of farm land immediately to the north of the road.
Previously identified wrongly as a hut circle. Almost destroyed by road works in 1925.

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. 118, Map 49.
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4131.
SDV260518Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX56NE36. OSAD Card. Card Index. SX56NE36.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 166.
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.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #130076 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UPRM-21.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012283.
SDV71055Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/106G/UK. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1190.

Associated Monuments

MDV4015Related to: Cairn with cist to the north of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV3989Related to: Enclosure north-west of Gutter Tor, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:May 2 2021 10:33AM