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HER Number:MDV4183
Name:Cairn 500 metres north-east of Wedlake, Peter Tavy

Summary

Cairn bisected by a stone-faced newtake wall, consisting on the uphill side of a turf-covered rather amorphous stony mound with a small pit near the centre, measuring 13 metres by 6 metres. The lower part, now evident as a robbed, semi-circular turf-covered stony bank, measures overall 13 metres by 9 metres.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 542 775
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a Bronze Age cairn 500 metres north-east of Wedlake, Peter Tavy, bisected by Newtake wall

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57NW16
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 439768
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/62
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX57NW16 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV228121.

(15/07/1950) A large hut circle, which has been partly destroyed by the construction of a newtake wall through it. The wall is composed of the usual turf covered stones. Accurate measurements impossible.

Royal Air Force, 1964, 58/6399, F65 0042-0043 (Aerial Photograph). SDV225273.

National Monuments Record, 1977, NMR SX5377, 4/253 (Aerial Photograph). SDV228503.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 161, 34B (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

07/08/1976 Cairn, hollow towards centre, shown on 6 inch Ordnance Survey map sheet as a hut circle. The newtake wall rises as it goes over it. Diameter 11.5 metres, height 1.0 metres.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX57NW16 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV226265.

(13/10/1978) This feature is not a hut circle but probably a partially robbed cairn, though it is difficult to determine its exact nature because of a newtake wall which has been built over the upper half, the lower half now being grass covered. Its diameter is 13m. and its height 0.7m. An accumulation of stones in the upper half supports the theory that it is probably a cairn.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on P.F.D.

National Monument Record, 1979, SF1510, 191 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224088.

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

Visible on various aerial photographs and recorded on map overlay.

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

(19/11/1987) SX 5428 7755. This probable cairn was constructed on a slope and it is now bisected by a stone-faced newtake wall.
The part on the uphill side of the wall is a turf-covered rather amorphous stony mound with a small pit near the centre; it measures 13 metres wide (along the wall) and 6 metres transversely. The lower part, now evident as a robbed, semi-circular turf-covered stony bank, measures overall 13 metres (along the wall) and 9 metres transversely. The bank is on average 1.8 metres wide, 0.6 metres high externally and 0.3 metres high internally, the interior is badly disturbed. The whole is in a poor state of preservation.

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

(10/10/2003) Cairn shown on the English heritage survey of 2003 on the field boundary. Resurveyed at 1:2500 using GPS September 2003.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Cairn is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224088Aerial Photograph: National Monument Record. 1979. SF1510. National Monument Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 191.
SDV225273Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. 58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. F65 0042-0043.
SDV226265Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX57NW16. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV228121Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX57NW16. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV228503Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. NMR SX5377. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4/253.
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.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 161, 34B.
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.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #91221 ]
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

MDV4184Related to: Cairn 670 metres north-east of Wedlake, Peter Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7275 - Survey of the Langstone Moor stone circle and other prehistoric monuments nearby
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Aug 31 2021 10:53AM