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HER Number:MDV4267
Name:Cairn and cist north-east of Harrowthorn Plantation, Cornwood


Cairn with a cist north-east of Harrowthorn Plantation of 4.3 metres diameter by 0.4 metres high with part of an outer ring showing around its base and an inner ring surrounding the cist


Grid Reference:SX 624 622
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SW23
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442231
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/26
  • Old SAM Ref: 10512

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIST (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • CAIRN (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1945, 64th Report on Barrows, 55 (Article in Serial). SDV167224.

This barrow lies about 220 metres north of a few degrees east from the north eastern angle of Harrowthorn Plantation and near its margin lies a flat stone of such size as suggests the displaced coverstone of a kistvaen.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1977, SX66SW23 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV167223.

(30/03/1950) A turf covered cairn of 5.2 metres diameter by 0.4 metres high. Large slab of granite lies on north east side suggesting possible displaced capstone of cist.
(01/08/1977) SX 62406222 This small round cairn, 4.7m in diameter and 0.6m high, lies on a gentle west facing slope at 305m above OD. It is constructed of small boulders, with a large slab, 160m by 115m., lying on the northeast side accompanied by a hollowed centre, 0.3m deep, suggesting a cist.
1:10 000 Survey revised on MSD.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6262, 3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV156968.

Photograph taken on 14th April 1977.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 137 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Visited on 31st August 1975. Cairn with hollow centre. Diameter 5.4 metres, height 0.3 metres. Siting hill slope.

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

Visible and recorded on aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 188-9, Map 52, Figures 52.11 & 52.11.1 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Harrowthorn Plantation N. Cairn at SX62406222 of 4.3 metres diameter by 0.4 metres high with a cist. Part of the outer ring shows through the turf around the base and there seems to have been an inner ring closely surrounding the cist, though only the south endstone remains visible in the central hollow. There culd have been barely enough space for the large cover slab lying half buried on the northern edge of the mound.

Cartographic Engineering, 2006, Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital) (Aerial Photograph). SDV345590.

Visible on aerial photogrph.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1012709 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

This cairn of 5 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high with a hollow in the centre, lies 220 metres north-east of Harrowthorn Plantation. A large granite slab lying on the north-east side of the cairn is probably the displaced capstone of a cist, there is no cist visible. The cairn is in close association with a reave running towards the southern slope of Stalldown.

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. 188-9, Map 52, Figures 52.11 & 52.11.1.
SDV156968Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6262. 3.
SDV167224Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1945. 64th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 77. 55.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 137.
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.
SDV345590Aerial Photograph: Cartographic Engineering. 2006. Dartmoor 2006 1:1250 Aerial Photography (digital). Digital.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #132960 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012709.

Associated Monuments

MDV4268Related to: Alleged cairn, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV13241Related to: Oval enclosure north of Harrowthron Plantation, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV15070Related to: Reave north of Harrowthorn Plantation, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV13242Related to: Remains of an enclosure north of Harrowthorn Plantation, Cornwood (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jan 24 2022 12:06PM