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HER Number:MDV4032
Name:Cairn north-east of Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Settlement (B), Sheepstor


Large cairn north-east of Drizzlecombe Prehistoric Settlement (B)


Grid Reference:SX 593 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/37
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24104
  • Old SAM Ref: 10725

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 4128-9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 210, Plan (Monograph). SDV231148.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 167 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 29th July 1972. Cairn pillaged. Diameter 20.0 metres, height 1.5 metres.

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

Not visible on aerial photograph.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133424
MPP 133424
MPP 133424
(Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 12th March 1993. Cairn survives as a 20 metres diameter stony mound standing up to 1.5 metres high. A central hollow, measuring 7.7 metres in diam and 0.8 metres deep, represents the site of robbing or partial early excavation. A ditch, from which construction material was quarried surrounds the mound. This has become infilled over the years but survives as a 2.5 metres wide band of rushes, caused by increased moisture in the buried ditch.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Huge cairn sited barely a metre from the boundary of Drizzlecombe Enclosure Settlement (B).

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360208.

Circular feature shown on data.

Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1014145 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Cairn diameter 18 metres by height 2 metres. Central hollow. Rushes around circumference.

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 438755, SX56NE88 (Website). SDV360651.

A large cairn now disturbed and partially covered by low vegetation lies in open moorland. Composed of stones and small boulders it is 17.7 metres in diameter and a maximum 1.9 metres high. Spoil has been dumped around the top of the mound from the central excavation pit; three backfilled trenches extend from this central depression. There is no visible evidence of a kerb or cist.

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. 128, Figure 49.13, Map 49.
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4128-9.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 210, Plan.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 167.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133424 MPP 133424 MPP 133424.
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.
SDV360208Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112905 ]
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 438755, SX56NE88.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1014145.

Associated Monuments

MDV4046Related to: Prehistoric Enclosure (B) east of Drizzlecombe, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4966 - Survey of Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor

Date Last Edited:Aug 10 2018 11:44AM