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HER Number:MDV4184
Name:Cairn 670 metres north-east of Wedlake, Peter Tavy

Summary

A very fine ring cairn is located on the western side of Langstone Moor overlooking the Colly Brook and Whittor to the north. It consists of an 18 metre diameter ring of small stones, now turf covered, enclosing a mainly flat area strewn with loose stones. The bank, which has been disturbed on the south-west quadrant, stands approximately 0.5 metres high.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 544 776
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Large bronze age cairn 670 metres north-east of Wedlake, Peter Tavy

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NW 17
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/63
  • Pastscape: 439771
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX57NW17 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV228042.

Oral information to the Ordnance Survey in July suggested that the small stones which accumulated during clearing of nearby modern enclosures were mostly probably deposited here.
Visit in December records this site as a hut circle; a mound, which is cairn-like in appearance. It is composed of small stones, partly turf covered and measures 16.4 metres in diameter north-south and 18.6 metres east-west. Height 0.5 metres.


Royal Air Force, 1964, 58/6399, F65/0042-43 (Aerial Photograph). SDV225273.


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


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

7/8/1976 Cairn shown on 6 inch Ordnance Survey map sheet as a hut circle. Diameter 17.0 metres, height 0.6 metres.


NMR, 1979, SF1510, 91 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224088.


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

Cairn is visible on various aerial photographs and is recorded on map overlay.


Griffith, F. M., 1986, Comment about cairn on Langstone Moor (Personal Comment). SDV228046.

Cairn is as described by Grinsell. A small cairn. Probably not modern as the 1950 Ordnance Survey card implies, but prehistoric in date.


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

A very fine ring cairn is located on the western side of Langstone Moor overlooking the Colly Brook and Whittor to the north. It consists of an 18 metre diameter ring of small stones, now turf covered, enclosing a mainly flat area strewn with loose stones. The bank, which has been disturbed on the south-west quadrant, stands approximately 0.5 metres high.
Surveyed at 1:200 scale.


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

Cairn is depicted on the modern mapping.


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

SX 5444 7767. The remains of what must have been an impressive large cairn lie on a fairly steep north-west facing hillslope in virtually clitter-free open moorland. It measures 17.0 metres in overall diameter, 0.5 metres in height and is apparently composed entirely of small stones.
The centre of the mound has been robbed to some extent but its turf-covered rim, which has a slope length of about 1.2 metres and a height of 0.5 metres, is more or less intact; its inner side drops almost vertically for 0.3 metres into the fairly flat disturbed centre. There are no apparent traces of a kerb or cist.
A 4.0 metre wide, approximately 10.0 metre long band of small stones lies around 50 metres to the north of the cairn adjacent to a gateway in the newtake wall. The material is very similar to that evident in the surviving part of the cairn and so it could be some of the robbed stone which was perhaps intended for, but never used in, the construction of the field wall.
It is not unreasonable to conclude that Mr Bellamy (Ordnance Survey, 1950) was referring to this spread of stone rather than the cairn (citing Fletcher, M. J., 17/11/1987, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England field investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224088Aerial Photograph: NMR. 1979. SF1510. 91.
SDV225273Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. 58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. F65/0042-43.
SDV228042Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX57NW17. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV228046Personal Comment: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. Comment about cairn on Langstone Moor. Not Applicable.
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. 6, fig 2.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 161, 34A.
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.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #91222 ]
SDV359964Website: National Monument Record. 2017. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV4183Related to: Cairn 500 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
  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area

Date Last Edited:May 30 2017 2:54PM