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HER Number:MDV4144
Name:CAIRN in the Parish of Peter Tavy


A disturbed round cairn on the south slopes of Whittor.


Grid Reference:SX 543 785
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NW9
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439747
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/33

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228569.

Osa=sx57nw9. Vis=28/9/1950 (os) supposed cairn reported, but not found after considerable search. The whole slope of the hill s of the summit is covered by a clitter of bare and turf covered granite boulders, giving it a very hummocky appearance. It seems possible that one of these large turf covered bumps may have been mistaken for a cairn (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228571.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228572.

Des=gerrard, s. /(7/1/1992)/as above.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 60 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Vis=-/-/- (grinsell) has failed on two occasions to find this cairn shown on os.

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

Not visible on the 1940s vertical aerial photographs.

Newman, P., 2003, The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs, fig 2, EH report AI/25/2003 (Report - Survey). SDV255420.

Cairn not shown on english heritage survey of 2003. Group of five cairns shown to the south (newman).

Historic England, 2021-2022, NRHE to HER website, Accessed 31/08/2021 (Website). SDV364039.

Full description(s) ?
Cairn (OE) (1)

I searched an area enclosed by a radius of at least 50 metres from the point shown on the 6" field sheets without finding this feature. The whole of the slope S of the summit of the hill is covered by a clutter of bare and turf-covered ganite boulders giving it a very hummocky appearance. It seems possible that one of these large turf-covered humps may have been mistaken for a cairn. (2)

A barrow south of White Tor but above the trackway. (3)

(SX54317858) Cairn (NR) (4)

No cairn could be found at or near the suggested reference. The area is largely covered by scree. (5)

SX54407850 A cairn (Grinsell's no 23) constructed of medium to large sized stones, is 5m in diameter and 0.5m in height; it has been disturbed but no detectable kerb or cist is evident. It lies below the crest of a slight fold in the hillslope which is covered by moorland turf and scattered earthfast boulders. It is situated approximately 150m to the NE of a group of three cairns (SX 57 NW 10) which are of similar construction and type.
The cairn plotted on the RCHM APP 1:10000 transcription is most probably the same feature that Worth depicted on his 6" map. His siting c120m to the NW is located in the same general area below
White Tor summit. (Anderson's small-scale map in the TDA (drawn by Worth) depicts a cairn in a similar position).
To the NE of the cairn at SX54477855 is a small turf-covered mound of stones and boulders, 3.3m across and 0.4m in height. It is comparable in form to its neighbour and is probably also a cairn.
There is no trace of the eight cairns depicted on the RCHM ALL 1:10000 transcript. The area on a SE facing slope is covered by flat moorland turf which is punctuated by the occasional earthfast boulder and numerous small anthills. (6-7).

Resurveyed with GPS September 2003 (8).

Condition is fair but with some loose stone (9)

Sources ?
Ref Title (& comments) Year SoR Pages Volume Notes
2 Field Investigators Comments F1 GWR 28-SEP-1950
4 Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Default value used to record large numbers of archive items which are not separately catalogued. See Monument Recording Guidelines for details of use. OS 6" 1954
5 Field Investigators Comments F2 JGB 13-OCT-1978
6 Field Investigators Comments Proc Devon Archaeol Soc 36 1978 160 (L V Grinsell)
7 Field Investigators Comments F3 MJF 19-NOV-1987
8 Field Investigators Comments Newman P 10-Oct-2003 EH Archaeological Field Investigation.
9 Field Investigators Comments Newman P 10-Aug-2004 Merrivale Range Baseline Condition Surve

Sources / Further Reading

SDV228569Migrated Record:
SDV228571Migrated Record:
SDV228572Migrated Record:
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. fig 2, EH report AI/25/2003.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 60.
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.
SDV364039Website: Historic England. 2021-2022. NRHE to HER website. https://nrhe-to-her.esdm.co.uk/NRHE. Website. Accessed 31/08/2021.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • 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

Date Last Edited:Aug 31 2021 8:58AM