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HER Number:MDV4287
Name:Prehistoric cairn on Harford Moor, Harford


Remains of a prehistoric cairn and retaining circle on Harford Moor


Grid Reference:SX 645 629
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/43
  • Old SAM Ref: 10520

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1979, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

Site visited on 2nd August 1976. Tuckers Hill, Harford Moor. The stones of the cairn are uncovered, but show signs of modern disturbance. The hollow centre is very unnatural for a cairn, built up almost wall-like on the inside. The stones are above average for a cairn, many being 510 millimetres to 610 millimetres in length. The stone circle around the cairn is not complete. There are scattered stones between the circle and the cairn. The most northerly stone in the circle is prominent, standing 610 millimetres high, and there is a stone of the same height at the southern circumference of the circle. There is no sign of the stone row associated with the cairn. Diameter of heap of stones 3.9 metres and diameter of enclosing circle 11.3 metres.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 140 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 23rd June 1976. Cairn, perhaps prehistoric, crowned by comparatively recent circular shelter of cairn material. Diameter 11.5 metres, height 0.7 metres.

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

Not visible on aerial phtograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 48-49, 51, Map 54, Figure 54.10
48-49, 51, Map 54, Figure 54.10
(Monograph). SDV337765.

Three Barrows West cairn at SX64526296 has been built on the hillside. A shelter at the centre is composed from its stonework reducing the height which was probbly never very impressive at 12 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high. It was of elaborate construction with a ring of stones encircling the base, a concentric outer ring was represented by only three members in place and apparently another free-standing circle outside that of which only an isolated slab stands clear of the turf.

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

Feature visible on aerial photograph.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Almost oval feature shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

A disturbed prehistoric cairn with incomplete retaining circle on the eastern slope of Harford Moor. The cairn is almost flat with an elliptical footprint of 13 metres by 10.5 metres, surrounded by a circle of which only seven stones are currently visible, although at the time of survey, parts of the cairn and the circle were obscured by a heavy overgrowth of rushes. In the centre of the cairn, an approximately square stone-walled structure of 3 metres by 3 metres by 0.8 metres high, is a post-prehistoric addition of unknown date, probably constructed as a shelter.

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

'Cairn' shown as circular feature on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1012741 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

This cairn, high on northern Harford Moor, is 9 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high with a retaining circle, of which seven stones survive, giving a maximum diameter of 11.5 metres. A modern shelter has been built on top of the mound, using cairn stones.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 442306, SX66SW44 (Website). SDV363416.

A small round cairn, 9.0 metres diameter and 0.3 metres high on a false crest above steep slope at 365 metres above OD. It has been mutilated by the erection of a small shelter upon it. It is surrounded by a retaining circle, average diameter 11.2 metres, consisting of seven stones (one fallen) sited eccentrically to the cairn. The average height of the stones is 0.5 metres.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1979. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 140.
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.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 48-49, 51, Map 54, Figure 54.10 48-49, 51, Map 54, Figure 54.10.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #124249 ]
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012741.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 442306, SX66SW44.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Feb 20 2021 1:22PM