HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Devon & Dartmoor HER Result
Devon & Dartmoor HERPrintable version | About Devon & Dartmoor HER | Visit Devon & Dartmoor HER online...

See important guidance on the use of this record.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.

HER Number:MDV4117
Name:Cairn on Langstone Moor


Round cairn with hole in west side. Probably excavated without result by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1899. Diameter around 15 metres, height 0.7 metres.


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: SX57NW27
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439803
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/14
  • Old SAM County Ref: 584
  • Old SAM Ref: 20384

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.

10/7/1950 - SX 5485 7761. One of five mounds, a heathered cairn with slight hollow in centre, diameter 8 metres, 0.3 metres high.
13/05/1953 - three of these identified features are not cairns - peat hags. Recommend delete from record.

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

22/6/1974 Cairn with hole in western side. Probably excavated without result. Diameter 13.5 metres, height 0.6 metres.

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

Not visible Royal Air Force vertical aerial photographs.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(17/11/1987) SX 553783. Two round barrows on Peter Tavy Great Common, scheduled. (see Illus card).
(The grid reference quoted by Authority 6 is inaccurate. By examination of Authority 7, and OS 1:10000 1982 the site can be located at SX 54867765).
(A) SX54847764 A flat topped stony mound, probably a cairn, about 12 metres east-west by 11 metres transversely and of 0.6 metres maximum height. There is no apparent kerb and the edges are ill-defined. It is predominantly turf-covered but a small area of stones is exposed in the north-west quadrant presumably the site of the 1899 excavation.

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

Round barrow, one of two scheduled, on Peter Tavy Great Common. The barrow lies on the ridge of the hill between Wedlake Combe and the Walkham Valley. It was robbed to build enclosures at Wedlake, but the base of the cairn is intact. Stones of the barrow are all inset, leaning towards the centre. A small flat stone covered a pit dug in the calm, it was full of ash and charcoal. Another small barrow stands nearby.
Cairn. Diameter 15 metres, height 0.7 metres. Surrounding ditch survives as a slight earthwork 2 metres wide, 0.3 metres deep on north side.

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

(10/10/2003) Fairly large, flat-topped stony cairn (18) which was excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1899, 970 metres south-west of the stone circle. A flat stone was found but no other material retrieved. Disturbance caused by the diggers is visible on the west side of the mound.

Newman, P., 2004, Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV346874.

(10/08/2004) Condition is stable.

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

Round cairn 1060m 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 15m in diameter and stands up to 0.7m high. A shallow hollow in the centre of the mound is probably the result of a partial excavation by Baring-Gould in 1898. This work revealed a pit cut into the subsoil containing a burial and charcoal. A ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the cairn, surrounds the mound. This has become partly infilled over the years, but survives as a slight earthwork 2m wide and 0.3m deep on the north side and as a buried feature elsewhere.

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

Barrow shown on modern mapping.

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

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

SX 54847764. A probable cairn of diameter 10.0 metres and height 0.6 metres with a stone core. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD (citing JGB, 13/10/1978, 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.
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.
SDV344950Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1899. Sixth Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 31. Digital. 152-3.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346874Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2004. Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Survey. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. Unknown.
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: #91039 ]
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.
SDV359964Website: National Monument Record. 2017. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV4116Related to: Round 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
  • EDV8713 - Merrivale Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Aug 31 2021 12:16PM