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HER Number:MDV4298
Name:Cairn to the west of Stalldown stone row, Cornwood


Cairn '3' (Butler) to the west of Stalldown stone row near the northern end of the row


Grid Reference:SX 632 624
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SW16
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442208
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/51
  • Old SAM County Ref: 461
  • Old SAM Ref: 10509

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Tumuli' shown on 19th century map.

Worth, R. H., 1946, The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1, 289 (Article in Serial). SDV251172.

Two cairns lie abreast of the Stalldown Stone Row (SX 66 SW 17), one with its centre 135 feet away from the row to the east, and the other with its centre 92 feet to the west.

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX6362 (Aerial Photograph). SDV165685.

Photograph taken on 22nd April 1976.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66SW16 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV258955.

(05/08/1977) Two cairns on either side of a stone row (SX 66 SW 17) on the flat top of Stalldown at approximately 404m OD.
SX 63216249 A flat topped turf-covered cairn 9.0m in diameter and 0.7m high, in good condition. Settings of Stones in and around the structure suggests a complex cairn circle (see 1:10 000 Survey on SX 66 SW 17)
Surveyed 1:10 000 on MSD/AM.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 137, Cornwood 9 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 31st August 1975. Cairn with retaining circle of which about eight stones are visible. Diameter 8 metres, height 0.6 metres.

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

Visible on aerial photograph and recorded.

Robinson, R. + Cosford, J., 1986, Dartmoor multiple stone circles, 166-170 (Article in Serial). SDV165686.

The cairn lies on fairly level ground immediately west of the Stall Down single stone row near its north end. The cairn is 8 metres in diameter and 0.7 metres high, partly turf-covered, with six visible kerb stones. Beyond the margin of the cairn, set stones suggest at least three additional concentric circles, forming a complex structure with a total diameter of about 18 metres. The long axes of these stones are predominantly tangential to the circle, with a maximum height of 0.4 metres.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 54,79, Figures 21-22 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Encircled cairn. At least two rings of orthostats around cairn. Outer ring 15 metres diameter, inner ring 8 metres adjoining cairn 8 metres diameter and 0.6 metres high.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 61-62, Map 54, Figure 54.20 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn '3' at SX63206248 to the west of Stalldown stone row is placed within an outer ring of slabs 14.5 metres across. All but one of the slabs are small and barely showing above the turf. An inner ring of 8 metres diameter closely surrounds the base. It had been dug into at the centre.

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

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

An embellished round cairn on Stall Down 25 metres west of the stone row, near its northern terminal. The cairn has a retaining circle, or stone kerb, surrounding the central mound as well as an outer circle of stones. The central mound is stony and turf covered and appears undisturbed. It has a maximum spread diameter of 8.4 metres and is 0.6 metres high. Surrounding the base of the mound are the vestiges of a circle of small, earthfast stones, at least six of which survive in situ. A second, approximately concentric circle, with at least 13 stones surviving has a diameter of 14 metres. Some of these are larger slabs which have fallen outwards.

Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Cairn shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165685Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX6362.
SDV165686Article in Serial: Robinson, R. + Cosford, J.. 1986. Dartmoor multiple stone circles. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 44. 166-170.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 54,79, Figures 21-22.
SDV251172Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback. 289.
SDV258955Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66SW16. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 137, Cornwood 9.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 61-62, Map 54, Figure 54.20.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117079 ]
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV4303Related to: Cairn south of Stalldown stone alignment, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV4299Related to: Cairn to the east of the stone row on Stalldown, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV4300Related to: Cairn touching the eastern side of the Stalldown stone row, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV4277Related to: Stalldown Stone Row, Cornwood (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 24 2022 11:16AM