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HER Number:MDV4025
Name:Cairn 37 meters north-east of Yellowmead stone circles

Summary

Cairn lies around 37 meters north-east of the outside ring of the Yellowmead stone circle complex. The feature consists of an earth and stone mound 3.7 meters in diameter and around 0.1 meters high. Four stones of a retaining kerb on its west and south sides.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 575 678
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 19
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/29
  • Old SAM Ref: 10749
  • Pastscape: 438553

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1922, 41st Report of the Barrow Committee, pg 72 (Article in Serial). SDV231132.


Breton, H. H., 1932, The Forest of Dartmoor, 2, Plymouth (Monograph). SDV231147.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1977, SX56NE19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV217444.

Turf-covered barrow. Four stones of the retaining circle remain in position. Distance of 50 meters from centre of stone circles on Yellowmead Down. Diameter 3.7 meters, height 0.2 meters (1950).
A cairn situated on a plateau 40 metres north-east of the stone circles (SX 56 NE 18). Its diameter is 3.7 metres and its height only 0.1 metres. On its eastern periphery four stones of a cairn circle remain. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD. (1977 visit data)


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, pg 166, Sheepstor 5 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Visited 21/6/1974) Cairn, with retaining circle of which four stones remain on south. Diameter 3.7 meters, height 0.2 meters.


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

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.


Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, pg 79, F21 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Encircled cairn. Ring of orthostats; four stones surviving, 3.2 meters in diameter, around cairn 2.0 meters diameter and 0.2 meters high.


Armstrong, K. + Cheetham, P., 2008, Archaeological Geophysical Survey in Peatland Environments: Case Study Survey at Yellowmead Multiple Stone Circles and an adjacent Cairn, Yellowmead Down, Sheepstor, Dartmoor. Interim Report (Report - Survey). SDV360513.


2009, Interim Reporting on Ground Truthing Excavations at Yellowmead Down, Sheepstor (Devon), October 2008 (Report - Interim). SDV360512.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Stones from the cairn are just visible on the 2010 aerial photograph.


English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

This cairn lies some 50m north-east of Yellowmead stone circles on the south west facing slope of Yellowmead Down. It consists of an earth and stone mound 4m in diameter and up to 0.3m in height with four stones of a retaining kerb on its west and south sides.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV217444Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1977. SX56NE19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. pg 79, F21.
SDV231132Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1922. 41st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 54. pg 72.
SDV231147Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1932. The Forest of Dartmoor, 2, Plymouth. The Forest of Dartmoor, 2, Plymouth. 2. Unknown.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. pg 166, Sheepstor 5.
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.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117844 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV360512Report - Interim: 2009. Interim Reporting on Ground Truthing Excavations at Yellowmead Down, Sheepstor (Devon), October 2008. Bournemouth University. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV360513Report - Survey: Armstrong, K. + Cheetham, P.. 2008. Archaeological Geophysical Survey in Peatland Environments: Case Study Survey at Yellowmead Multiple Stone Circles and an adjacent Cairn, Yellowmead Down, Sheepstor, Dartmoor. Interim Report. A4 Comb Bound.

Associated Monuments

MDV3338Related to: Multiple stone circle, Yellowmead Down (Monument)
MDV80769Related to: Stone row associated with Yellowmead stone circle (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7439 - Excavations on Yellowmead Down
  • EDV7440 - Geophysical survey on Yellowmead Down

Date Last Edited:May 17 2019 12:18PM