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HER Number:MDV4127
Name:Ring cairn 250 metres north of Cox Tor

Summary

Smaller of two adjacent ring cairns. Narrow ridge of north-south outcropping rock measuring 10 metres in diameter, surrounded by circular stoney bank 4 metres wide, 0.8 metres high. 1890 excavation showed it to consist of an outer bank with central infill of loose stones and earth. No trace of burials or artefacts.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 530 764
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NW35
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439824
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/18
  • Old SAM County Ref: 416
  • Old SAM Ref: 22227(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1898, Fifth Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 104-106 (Article in Serial). SDV337066.

Cox Tor. Smaller of two adjacent cairns. Lies 12.5 metres south-east of larger one (see related record). Similar in shape, though smaller; diameter 8.23 metres. Construction of centre was loose, much earth being mingled with the stone. Nothing found and no pit in the "calm".

Breton, H. H., 1912, Beautiful Dartmoor III. Southern Quarter, Plymouth 13-14 (Monograph). SDV250997.

Breton, H. H., 1926, The Heart of Dartmoor, Morwenstow, 16 (Monograph). SDV265360.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 161, 7/5/1974 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Cairn, truncated; or possibly a ring cairn, as claimed by Breton. Diameter 10.0 metres, height 0.3 metres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX57NW35 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV226865.

(07/11/1980) A cairn with diameter measuring 10.0m by 10.4m and 0.7m high, with a rather straight western side. The centre is uneven, probably as a result of excavation, but there is a distinct rim around the perimeter. Overall it measures 2.7m wide, 0.3m high on the inner and 0.7m high on the outer face. No kerb or retaining stones are visible. The profile suggests a rimmed platform cairn (see ground photograph and plan).
Surveyed at 1:10000 on MSD and at 1:2500.

National Monuments Record, 1982, NMR SF2112, 1315, (19/4/1982) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345548.

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

(11/07/1991) SX 5303 7644. A ring cairn as described in 1980. See RCHME Cox Tor Survey (1/2500 scale). A further table of information on the cairn is held in the archive.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 68/a51 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Infilled stone ring, internal diameter 6 metres with bank 2.3 metres wide and 0.4 metres high. Interior infilled to 0.2 metres below bank top.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., -/-/1992 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Narrow ridge of north-south outcropping rock measuring 10 metres in diameter, surrounded by circular stoney bank 4 metres wide, 0.8 metres high. 1890 excavation showed it to consist of an outer bank with central infill of loose stones and earth. No trace of burials or artefacts.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 84 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 84.
SDV226865Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX57NW35. 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. 68/a51.
SDV250997Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1912. Beautiful Dartmoor III. Southern Quarter. Beautiful Dartmoor III. Southern Quarter. Unknown. Plymouth 13-14.
SDV265360Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1926. The Heart of Dartmoor, Morwenstow. The Heart of Dartmoor, Morwenstow. Unknown. 16.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 161, 7/5/1974.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. -/-/1992.
SDV337066Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1898. Fifth Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 38. A5 Hardback. 104-106.
SDV345548Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1982. NMR SF2112. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1315, (19/4/1982).
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.

Associated Monuments

MDV4128Related to: RING CAIRN in the Parish of Peter Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8413 - Excavation of cairn at Cox Tor
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Aug 31 2021 2:36PM