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HER Number:MDV4301
Name:Cairn on Stalldown to the east of Stalldown stone row, Cornwood


Cairn '6' (Butler) on Stalldown to the east of Stalldown stone row previously referred to as an enclosure


Grid Reference:SX 635 623
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishCornwood
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishCORNWOOD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SW/54
  • Old SAM Ref: 10510

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Rectilinear feature shown as 'Hut Circle' on 19th century map.

National Monuments Record, 1976, NMR SX6362, 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV165685.

Photograph taken on 22nd April 1976.

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

Visible on aerial photograph and recorded.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 38, 66, Figure 10 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Ring cairn. Stone ring 22 metres diameter internally. With bank 2.5 metres wide and 0.6 etresm high. Outwardly similar to embanked cemeteries of north-west England.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 60-61, Map 54, Figure 54.21 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn '6' at SX63526230 is probably a ring cairn which lies a few metres from Cairn '5'. It is a circular enclosure 24 metres across internally.

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.

A ring cairn or stone ring on the flattish summit of Stall Down. The feature is an almost perfect circle comprising a stony, turf-covered circular bank, with a clear interior. The internal diameter is 20.5 metres and the bank, which appears intact and in very good condition, is up to 0.8 metres high and 3.6 metres at its widest. A probable 4.5 metre-wide opening in the bank on its south-west arc, has clear bullnose terminals, but an additional, lower bank now bridges the space suggestive of a later alteration, to block the opening.

Historic England, 2019, National Heritage List for England, 1012706 (National Heritage List for England). SDV362730.

This enclosure, on the top of Stalldown, is 25 metres in diameter, with a turf covered stone bank up to 3.0 metres wide with a 5 metres wide entrance gap at the south-west; it is not subdivided.

National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 442214, SX66SW18 (Website). SDV362732.

A circular turf-covered stone ring, situated at 410m OD on the summit of Stalldown Barrow hill. It is 25.5 metres in diameter, comprising a bank of small stones, 2.0 - 3.0 metres wide and 0.2 - 0.7 metres high. There is a 5.0 metre gap in the south-west but no evidence of disturbance to the interior or of a surrounding ditch. The variation in height from east to west is gradual. Probably a ring cairn or enclosed cremation cemetery.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165685Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1976. NMR SX6362. 1.
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. 38, 66, Figure 10.
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. 60-61, Map 54, Figure 54.21.
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #117084 ]
SDV362730National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2019. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1012706.
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 442214, SX66SW18.

Associated Monuments

MDV4302Related to: Cairn at Stalldown Barrow with a small shelter known as 'Hillson's House' in the centre , Cornwood (Monument)
MDV4303Related to: Cairn south of Stalldown stone alignment, Cornwood (Monument)
MDV13239Related to: Small cairn on west side of larger cairn on Stalldown Barrow, Cornwood (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Feb 21 2021 11:06AM