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HER Number:MDV4947
Name:Platform cairn 60 metres north of Raddick Hill summit

Summary

A fine turf-covered cairn situated at the head of a shallow dry valley below Hart Tor with impressive distant views in most directions. Mound measuring 12m in diameter, 1.2m high. Much of the well-constructed cist with part of its capstone in situ is visible in the eviscerated core of the 1.5m high stony mound. Surveyed in 2007.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 579 711
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 SE 22
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/73
  • Old SAM County Ref: 933B
  • Old SAM Ref: 22311
  • Pastscape: 440088

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1899, 18th Report of the Barrow Committee, 98 (Article in Serial). SDV339157.

One of three cairns on Raddick Hill. This barrow lies to the n of two barrows near Devonport Leat. Previously rifled and not excavated.

Worth, R. H., 1902, 21st Report of the Barrow Committee, 113-115, 122, 131 ,fig. P.114 (Article in Serial). SDV20971.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Cairn is marked on the Ordnance Survey 6 inch early 20th century (1906) historic map.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 174 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(25/04/1973) Cairn with large hollow towards centre. Has small stony mounds on either side, satellite cairns or recent stone heaps? diameter of cairn 14.5m, height 1.5m.

Quinnell, N. V., 1978, SX57SE22 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV275774.

(12/08/1978) The cairn in this position (i.e. the third) Burnard dismisses as a barrow which had been "previously disturbed" but gives no other details.
Currently this cairn is as follows: It has an overall diameter of 12.0m and 1.2m. high with no visible kerb or similar feature. It appears to be a platform cairn with an originally flat top 8.0m across which now incorporates an off centre excavation hollow and an infilled trench from the north east side towards the centre. The trench seems to have been cut from the top and not through the side of the cairn.
There are only four cairns in the area and it seems probable that in his published notes Burnard transposed his third and fourth cairns. Thus the one dismissed with no details would be the northernmost. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

National Monuments Record, 1982, NMR SF2112, 1272-1274 (Aerial Photograph). SDV345548.

Robinson, R., 1983, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983 (Un-published). SDV345762.

Visited 19/01/1983.

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

Cairn is visible on the aerial photographs and recorded.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset. (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(1993) Platform cairn. Mound measuring 12m in diameter, 1.2m high. A hollow in the centre of the mound, measuring 2.2m long, 2m wide and 0.9m deep, is probably the result of a partial excavation in 1898 by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. This work revealed a previously robbed cist containing a small piece of corroded bronze. The cist with a surviving capstone on the east side is orientated east-south-east to west-north-west and measures 0.7m long .

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 61 (Monograph). SDV137656.

A cairn measuring 13.8m by 1.5m . A single slab on end may be the last of a circle of stones that once surrounded the mound and to the north and south two roughly circular stone heaps at its base seem to contain some set stones. Burnard cleared out the central pit to discover 'a very fine and perfect cist'. from which most of the grave goods had gone save for a small piece of unidentified bronze.

Fletcher, M. J., 2007, Field investigators comments (Report - Survey). SDV275777.

(05/09/2007) A fine turf-covered cairn situated at the head of a shallow dry valley below Hart Tor with impressive distant views in most directions. Much of the well-constructed cist with part of its capstone in situ is visible in the eviscerated core of the 1.5m high stony mound. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale

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

Clearly visible.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, WLK-115 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 23/12/2019. Overall condition very good. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, WLK-115 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 23/12/2019. Overall condition very good. Photo taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, WLK-115 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 240° showing grass/moss/whortleberry cover.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, WLK-115 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Photo looking 240° showing grass/moss/whortleberry cover.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 61.
SDV20971Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1902. 21st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. A5 Paperback + Digital. 113-115, 122, 131 ,fig. P.114.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 174.
SDV275774Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Quinnell, N. V.. 1978. SX57SE22. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV275777Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007. Field investigators comments. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
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.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV339157Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1899. 18th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 31. Digital. 98.
SDV345548Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1982. NMR SF2112. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1272-1274.
SDV345762Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1983. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1983. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #123380 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. WLK-115.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. WLK-115.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds

  • FDV5868 - KNIFE? (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 4 2020 4:29PM