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HER Number:MDV4269
Name:Cairn north-west of Stalldown, Cornwood


Small cairn with cist to the north-west of Stalldown


Grid Reference:SX 624 626
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SW26
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/28
  • Pastscape: 442240

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC (Between))
  • CIST (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1939, 58th Report on Barrows, 69-70, Plates 3,4 (Article in Serial). SDV266637.

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

Site visited on 30th June 1976. Supposed cist but the whole site may be natural, there is no sign of cairn or mound. Diameter 4 metres, height 0.5 metres.

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

Not visible on 1946 aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 442240, SX66SW26 (Website). SDV363416.

Site visited on 30th March 1950. The cairn is so small that the kist and cairn are embodied in each other.
A cist lies 700 yards north of Harrowthorn Plantation and a few feet west of the track from Watercombe Moorgate to Ranny Brook. Only the two side stones and the eastern end stone remain. The structure is unusual in that the southern side stone is an earth fast boulder, an approximately vertical face of which forms a side of the cist. The length of the grave may have been 2 feet 6 inches, the width is 1 foot 7 inches, the depth 2 feet 3 inches or more, all internal measurements. There is a small but distinct cairn around the cist.
Field Investigation on 2nd August 1977. The cist lies on a gentle, well drained south-west facing slope
at 335 metres above OD. Its internal dimensions are 0.8 metres by 0.5 metres. The natural boulder, which forms the south-west side measures, 1.5 metres by 1.1 metres and 0.8 metres high. The surrounding cairn, 3.2 metres diameter and 0.8 metres high is built of small stones.

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

'Cairn' shown as a square feature on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV266637Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1939. 58th Report on Barrows. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 71. A4 Bound. 69-70, Plates 3,4.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback.
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.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 442240, SX66SW26.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 8 2021 1:48PM