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HER Number:MDV49510
Name:Possible cairn on Langstone Moor


Possible remains of a cairn in disturbed area of north-south reave on Langstone Moor. Unconfirmed and not included in 2003 survey of the area.


Grid Reference:SX 549 788
Map Sheet:SX57NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Possible remains of Bronze Age cairn and boundary work or a possible reave to the north of track between Cudlipptown Down and Petertavy Great Common

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 NW 25
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57NW/5
  • Pastscape: 439797

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • MOUND (Unknown date)
  • (Former Type) CAIRN? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1895, Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 83 (Article in Serial). SDV271711.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1953, SX57NW25 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV262577.

10/7/1950 - Remains of a turf covered cairn which is in a very mutilated condition due to the construction of a cart track through it. Accurate measurement impossible.
1953 - This feature is very doubtful; recommend delete from record.

Royal Air Force, 1964, 58/6399, f65 0039-40 (Aerial Photograph). SDV225273.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 160, No. 28 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(8/5/1974) Cairn, formerly enclosed by retaining circle, incorporated in later reave or ruined wall placed north / south. 10 metres in diameter and 0.9 metres in height.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, No page reference recorded (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Indication of a stone ring / ring cairn under cairn.

Newman, P., 2003, The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs, fig 2 (Report - Survey). SDV255420.

Cairn not shown on English Heritage survey of 2003.

National Monument Record, 2017, Pastscape (Website). SDV359964.

This ragged and disturbed mound apparently composed of both soil and stone is about 10 metres across and 0.9 metres high. It lies at the pronounced angle of a reave (MDV4107) adjacent to a track which cuts through this linear.
Its functions and relationship to the reave cannot be established from visual inspection of this very disturbed area (citing Fletcher, M. J., 12/11/1987,Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Newman, P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation, 8, Table 3 (Report - Survey). SDV361635.

439797: A mound was recorded built into the reave at Langstone Moor. Doubtful (included in list of sites previously recorded but not recorded in this survey either because not located, natural features, non-antiquities or duplicates).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV225273Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1964. 58/6399. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. f65 0039-40.
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. No page reference recorded.
SDV255420Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2003. The Langstone Moor Stone Circle, Peter Tavy, Devon and its Prehistoric Environs. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. 25. A4 Comb Bound. fig 2.
SDV262577Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1953. SX57NW25. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV271711Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1895. Second Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 27. Digital. 83.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 160, No. 28.
SDV359964Website: National Monument Record. 2017. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV361635Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Merrivale Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. South-west Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. 8, Table 3. [Mapped feature: #112644 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV4596Related to: Flint finds on Langstone Moor (Monument)
MDV127215Related to: Large pool on Langstone Moor (Monument)
MDV4107Related to: Reave to west of Langstone Moor stone row (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7275 - Survey of the Langstone Moor stone circle and other prehistoric monuments nearby
  • EDV7441 - Condition survey of the archaeological sites of Merrivale Training Area
  • EDV7570 - Condition survey of Merrivale Range training area
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV7368 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy

Date Last Edited:Jan 22 2021 9:33AM