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HER Number:MDV4962
Name:Cairn 300m north-north-west of Cramber Tor

Summary

The most northerly of four cairns on the slope of Raddick Hill above the Devonport Leat. A cairn set low down on the rim of a dry valley but with distant views of the many surrounding granite tor summits. The trench is cut across the top of the mound which is under moorland turf.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 580 713
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX57SE21
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/84
  • Old SAM County Ref: 933C
  • Old SAM Ref: 22232
  • Pastscape: 440085

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIST (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • CAIRN (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1899, 18th Report of the Barrow Committee, 98-9 (Article in Serial). SDV339157.

Barrow with a cist found in it, cover stone partially removed; it had been rifled. A small thin corroded piece of bronze was found in the cist.

Worth, R. H., 1902, 21st Report of the Barrow Committee, 113, 114, 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.

Ordnance Survey, 1906, 106SE (Cartographic). SDV336769.

Cairn marked on Ordnance Survey First Edition map.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX57SE21 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV276948.

(21/02/1950) Cairn, turf covered.

Quinnell, N. V., 1977, SX57SE21 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV276951.

(12/09/1977) The published cairn is on a slight west slope at 370m above sea level and comprises a turf covered mound of stones 5.0m in diameter with no visible kerb. It is 0.6m high on the west side and 0.3m high on the east.
There is a very slight hollow in the centre which seems too small to be the result of serious excavation. Although it is a cairn it does not seem to be that recorded by Burnard for this situation although it may be the one which had been 'previously
disturbed', (SX 57 SE 22). Surveyed at 1:10 000 PFD.

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

(25/04/1973) Diameter 6.5 metres, height 0.9 metres. Either this or possibly SX57SE/73 is that excavated by Burnard. The bronze object - possibly a knife-dagger - is now lost. Other details: 174.

Robinson, R., 1982, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982 (Un-published). SDV342809.

Field Monument Warden visit. 20/7/1982

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

Not visible on the 1946 aerial photographs used in the project.

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

(1992) Cairn mound 7.0 metres in diameter, 1.2 metres high. A hollow in centre of the mound, measuring 2.0 metres long, 0.5 metres wide and 0.1 metres deep, suggests partial early excavation or robbing.
The site is described by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee as being the one in which a cist containing a piece of bronze was found. It is however more likely that SX57SE/73 is the provenance of this find because that cairn more closely fits the description given in the excavation report.

Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

The cairn could not be located during field investigation (undated).

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

A heather covered cairn a little over 200m from its neighbour (SX 57 SE 22). It measures 6.6m in diameter and 0.8m high and is neatly trenched from the edge to the centre although apparently not by Burnard.

Morgan, F. C., 1995, Cairn and cist on Raddick Hill (Worksheet). SDV344935.

Cairn and cist situated on open moor land west-north-west of Cramber Tor, measuring 16 metres in diameter and 1.6 metres high. The cist is approximately 1.2 metres in length by 0.6-0.9 metres in width and is east-west orientated. A cap stone remains in position over half of the cist and is covered with loose granite. This description conflicts with Grinsell's observations (1978) and Butler's description of the site (1994) - possible confusion between features.

Fletcher, M. J., 2007, Field investigators comments, 05/09/2007 (Report - Survey). SDV275777.

A cairn set low down on the rim of a dry valley but with distant views of the many surrounding granite tor summits. The trench is cut across the top of the mound which is under moorland turf. Surveyed at 1:2500 scale.

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

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 340° showing grass/moss/whortleberry cover.

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

Photo looking 340° 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.
SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown.
SDV20971Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1902. 21st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. A5 Paperback + Digital. 113, 114, 115, 122, 131 Fig. p. 114.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback.
SDV275777Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007. Field investigators comments. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. 05/09/2007.
SDV276948Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX57SE21. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV276951Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Quinnell, N. V.. 1977. SX57SE21. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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).
SDV336769Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1906. 106SE. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch Map. Map (Paper).
SDV339157Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1899. 18th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 31. Digital. 98-9.
SDV342809Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1982. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1982. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Unknown.
SDV344935Worksheet: Morgan, F. C.. 1995. Cairn and cist on Raddick Hill. A4 Single Sheet.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #123385 ]
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

MDV21891Related to: Possible cist on Raddick Hill, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 4 2020 4:31PM