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HER Number:MDV4116
Name:Round cairn on Langstone Moor


Round cairn measuring 6.5 metres in diameter and standing up to 0.4 metres high. A shallow hollow in the centre of the mound suggests previous robbing or partial excavation. A slab of stone set on edge within the central hollow may be the remnants of a cist.


Grid Reference:SX 548 776
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NW 27
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/13
  • Old SAM County Ref: 584
  • Old SAM Ref: 20383
  • Pastscape: 439803
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1899, Sixth Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 152-3 (Article in Serial). SDV344950.

Two small barrows only one of which was examined. This was 34 feet in diameter and had been robbed for wall building leaving the base intact. Cremated remains, ashes and charcoal, were found in a pit 12 inches in diameter and 10 inches deep covered by a flat slab 24 inches by 15 inches. The barrow had been constructed with stones leaning on this cover stone.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1953, SX57NW27 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV225187.

10/07/1950 - One of five mounds, remains of possible cairn approximately 5 metres in diameter, 0.1 metres high with a hollow in the centre, showing stone core. Located at SX5488 7763.
13/05/1953 - Three of the features recorded on this card are not cairns; peat hags.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 161 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

22/6/1974 Cairn with hollow towards centre. Diameter 6 metres, height 0.3 metres.

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

Not visible Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Ancient Monuments, 1990, Cairn on Langstone Moor (Schedule Document). SDV225310.

Cairn. Diameter 6.5 metres, height 0.4 metres. Central hollow suggests previous excavation. Slab of stone set on edge within hollow may be the remains of a cist.

Newman, P., 2003, The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs, 6, Fig 2 (Report - Survey). SDV255420.

Eastern cairn (No. 19) of the two shown on the English Heritage survey of 2003.

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

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Cairn is depicted on modern mapping.

English Heritage, 2013, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV350785.

Round cairn 1100m ENE of Wedlake Farm. This monument includes a round cairn situated on the summit of a hill overlooking the valley of the river Walkham. The cairn mound measures 6.5m in diameter and stands up to 0.4m high. A shallow hollow in the centre of the mound suggests previous robbing or partial excavation. A slab of stone set on edge within the central hollow may be the remnants of a cist.

National Monument Record, 2017, Pastscape (Website). SDV359964.

SX 54887766. A possible cairn of diameter 5.0 metres and height 0.3 metres with a few stones at its centre (citing JGB, 13/10/1978, Field Investigators Comments).
(B) SX54887765 Located 45 metres east-north-east of 'A' or probable cairn visible as a turf covered mound about 5 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres high. No kerb is evident and the centre has been disturbed.
The mounds are both quite prominently situated on the summit of a gently domed ridge of rough grassland which is generally devoid of surface stone (citing ISS, 17/11/1987, Field Investigators Comments).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV225187Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1953. SX57NW27. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV225310Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1990. Cairn on Langstone Moor. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV255420Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2003. The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. 25. A4 Comb Bound. 6, Fig 2.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 161.
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.
SDV344950Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1899. Sixth Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 31. Digital. 152-3.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV350785National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2013. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #91037 ]
SDV359964Website: National Monument Record. 2017. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV4117Related to: Cairn on Langstone Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7275 - Survey of the Langstone Moor stone circle and other prehistoric monuments nearby
  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:Jun 2 2017 3:47PM