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HER Number:MDV42211
Name:Cairn circle west of Hentor Meadow

Summary

Ring cairn survives as 7m diameter circle of edge set stones standing up to 0.7m high. Within the defined area are three sub-rectangular hollows. The southern one is 1.6m by 1.3m by 0.4m deep. The northern one is 1.1m by 1m by 0.15m deep. The other, lying east of the others, is 1m by 0.9m by 1.5m deep. Two of these probably represent the sites of the two cists mentioned by Breton, who referred to this cairn as Ditsworthy Circle.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 583 657
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishShaugh Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSHAUGH PRIOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 170
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/500
  • Old SAM County Ref: 493
  • Old SAM Ref Revised: 24230(P)
  • Old SAM Ref: 10635
  • Pastscape: 438980

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1979, SX56NE170 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV147500.

(10/04/1979) SX 5837 6569. On a slight north-west facing slope, in a relatively stone free area at 312m OD, is a circle of stones averaging 7.0m diameter and up to 0.7m high (though most of the earth fast blocks and slabs are from 0.2m to 0.4m high). A few slabs are recumbent; other stones often just protrude from the turf particularly within the perimeter where the interior has two rectangular pits 0.2m deep. There is no central mound and the pits do not seem to represent robbed cists, but the stones certainly indicate the remains of a cairn circle.
Found during field investigation. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

Breton, H. H., 1990, Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting antiquities, 49 (Monograph). SDV237184.

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

(01/05/1995) Ring cairn at SX 5837 6570. Survives as 7m diameter circle of edge set stones standing up to 0.7m high. Within the defined area are three sub-rectangular hollows. The southern one is 1.6m by 1.3m by 0.4m deep. The northern one is 1.1m by 1m by 0.15m deep. The other, lying east of the others, is 1m by 0.9m by 1.5m deep. Two of these probably represent the sites of the two cists mentioned by Breton, who referred to this cairn as Ditsworthy Circle.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 121;49 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Depicted by Butler.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Thackray, C., 1994, The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape, 316/102.1235 (Report - non-specific). SDV143510.

Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J., 2002, Plym Valley survey (Report - Survey). SDV350782.

(28/02/2002) SX 5834 6572 The circle of stones is generally as described although there may have been a double ring of slabs and stones. The internal pits - under close-cropped grass - are up to 0.4m deep and may be the result of desultory digging.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 121;49.
SDV143510Report - non-specific: Thackray, C.. 1994. The Upper Plym Valley: the management of an historic landscape. 316/102.1235.
SDV147500Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1979. SX56NE170. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV237184Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1990. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting antiquities. Beautiful Dartmoor and its Interesting Antiquities. Unknown. 49.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
SDV350782Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J. + Fletcher, M. J.. 2002. Plym Valley survey. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped features: #123739 Cairn circle is visible on the aerial sources; Mastermap shows this feature to the SE (point retained to avoid confusion), ]
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #25142 Original NRG for this record based on Mastermap, but actual location of cairn circle is to NW: see polygon, ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8148 - The Upper Plym Valley: The Management of an Historic Landscape
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Jan 17 2020 12:52PM