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HER Number:MDV40740
Name:Cairn south of Haytor Rocks, Ilsington


Prehistoric cairn to the south of Haytor Rocks. Nationally important site.


Grid Reference:SX 756 768
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and stone walls of a Bronze age parallel reave system on Haytor Down with a number of hut circle settlements, enclosures and prehistoric cairns, plus 19th century Bagtor Tin Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Historical): NI Site
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/231

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Bronze Age to Early Iron Age - 2200 BC to 700 BC (Between))

Full description

Glanville, P., 1991, Cairn south of Haytor Rocks (Worksheet). SDV345520.

Small round cairn approximately 5 metres diameter and 1 metre high. Hollow in the centre suggesting disturbance of kistvaen at some stage.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 21 (Monograph). SDV299725.

About 50 metres to the north of the bend in the road below Haytor Rocks are the remains of a cairn. The tops of a few set slabs show through the turf covering a low mound of small stones circa 8 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high. The upcast from the central pirt having been thrown to one side. Other details: Map 1, Site 8.

Newman, P., 1999, 2002, Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon (Revised), 4, Figure 2 (Report - Survey). SDV346395.

Beside the road at SX75637681. A low turf covered earth mound of 8 metres diameter.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 2002, Haytor Down: The Archaeology (Plan - measured). SDV359685.

Shown on surevy.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Cairn shown on digital survey.

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites, 7 (Cartographic). SDV345607.

One of a group of sites included on a list to be scheduled by English Heritage in the early 2000s. The programme on Dartmoor was ended prematurely and therefore official Scheduled status was never assigned. For the purposes of planning and management these sites are considered to be of equal status to Scheduled sites.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 21.
SDV345520Worksheet: Glanville, P.. 1991. Cairn south of Haytor Rocks. Worksheet.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #90886 ]
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital. 7.
SDV346395Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 1999, 2002. Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon (Revised). Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A1/2/1999. A4 Spiral Bound. 4, Figure 2.
SDV359685Plan - measured: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 2002. Haytor Down: The Archaeology. A1 Folded.

Associated Monuments

MDV78669Related to: Cairns on Emsworthy Rocks,Ilsington (Monument)
MDV8080Related to: FINDSPOT in the Parish of Ilsington (Find Spot)
MDV26958Related to: Parallel reave system between Haytor Rocks and Holwell Tor (Monument)
MDV26517Related to: Trackway south of Haytor Rocks, Ilsington (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7021 - Haytor Down: Survey Report (Ref: A1/2/1999)

Date Last Edited:Apr 6 2020 11:57AM