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HER Number:MDV4369
Name:Alleged barrow or peat stack on Okement Hill


A large tumulus was alleged at this location but there is no ground evidence to substantiate this.


Grid Reference:SX 602 587
Map Sheet:SX65NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NW42
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443772
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MOUND? (Constructed, Unknown date)

Full description

Prowse, A. B., 1890, Notes on the Neighbourhood of Taw Marsh, North Dartmoor, 188 (Article in Serial). SDV239781.

Okement hill. On summit of hill is a large dilapidated tumulus.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 207 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2082, 3279-80 (Aerial Photograph). SDV221887.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 144 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(27/02/1977 Turner, J. R.). Crossing's 'large tumulus' may be a peat stack, if not destroyed by military activities.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX68NW42 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV240858.

(02/03/1980) Okement Hill (SX 60248776) is a relatively flat-topped hill covered by pasture and heather with some peat mounds. There are no visible signs of a cairn and the high point of the hill is now occupied by a military Observation Post.

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

This is possibly the barrow or whatever visible on RAF 1947 aerial photograph.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(02/09/1993) SX 6025878 locality only. There is no ground evidence to confirm the presence of the large tumulus suggested by Crossing. The hilltop has suffered severe disturbance. In particular the northern side is pockmarked by relatively small shell craters while the area immediately south-east of Observation Post 15 (SX 68 NW 93) possesses some massive shell craters (SX 68 NW 100).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV221887Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2082. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. 3279-80.
SDV239781Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1890. Notes on the Neighbourhood of Taw Marsh, North Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 22. Digital. 188.
SDV240858Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX68NW42. 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. 144.
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.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 207.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown. S. Probert. [Mapped feature: #137045 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8679 - Okehampton Range: Management Survey
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV8695 - Survey of Okehampton North Dartmoor Military Range

Date Last Edited:Apr 25 2022 2:47PM