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HER Number:MDV49561
Name:Terminal cairn with row south-west of Glasscombe Corner


Cairn circle at northern end of stone alignment south-west of Glasscombe Corner. Surviving as a retaining kerb 10 meters in diameter. Has been described as a stone circle in the past.


Grid Reference:SX 661 608
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442155
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/5/1
  • Old SAM County Ref: 523
  • Old SAM Ref: 10557

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

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

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX66SE138 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV169953.

(Site visited 13/4/1950) Cairn at north-east end of stone row. 4.27 meters in diameter.

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 235 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 171 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Site visited 24/6/1976) Ordnance Survey map shows ‘cairn circle’ at the north-east end of the stone row, but Grinsell considers this vague and doubtful. Other details: Ugborough 5.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 82 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Stone circle, 3.5 meters internal diameter, 5 stones, 1 still standing. Aligned right of centre of stone row. Other details: G28.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Cairn circle' depicted on the modern mapping.

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

This alignment and its associated cairns lie south-west of Glasscombe Corner and the West Glaze Brook, on the lower eastern slope of Piles Hill.
The alignment runs south-west/north-east for 174 metres down across the slope and is single for about one third of its length and double for the southern two thirds. It has a cairn at either end, the northern one surviving as a retaining kerb 10 meters in diameter and the southern cairn being 6m in diameter and 0.4 meters in height. Three more cairns are associated with the northern end of the alignment, they range from 7.0 meters to 9.0 meters in diameter and are all 0.4 meters in height, two have traces of retaining kerbs (scheduled 1964, amended 1991). Other details: SAM ID: 10557.

Various, 2018-2020, PALs Condition Recording forms, UG37 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited in 2017 prior to this project starting; not revisited. Condition assessed as very good.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV169953Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX66SE138. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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. 82.
SDV251172Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1946. The Stone Rows of Dartmoor. Part 1. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 78. A5 Hardback.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 171.
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 235.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #93535 ]
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2020. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. UG37.

Associated Monuments

MDV25696Related to: Bank (Monument)
MDV28478Related to: Cairn south-east of the stone alignment south-west of Glasscombe Corner (Monument)
MDV28479Related to: Cairn south-east of the stone alignment south-west of Glasscombe Corner (Monument)
MDV5661Related to: Stone row south-west of Glasscombe Corner (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 10 2020 11:07AM