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HER Number:MDV4963
Name:Group of clearance cairns south-west of Raddick Hill

Summary

Nine cairns forming part of a cairnfield scattered around the edge of two small fields, which are defined largely by the mounds.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 575 708
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 57 SE 88
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/85
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/85/5
  • Old SAM Ref: 22292
  • Pastscape: 440276

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX57SE88 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV259423.

(22/08/1977) A group of eight cairns is centred at SX 5755 7080 on a very slight south west slope at 340m OD. All are within an area of less than 1 hectare and are turf and heather covered. In diameter they vary from 2.7m to 7.0m, and in height from 0.3m to 0.7m. There are no signs of kerbing but two or three have small excavation hollows in the tops.
They may be associated with the nearby Bronze Age type enclosed settlements (SX 57 SE 38 & 40) as sepulchral/ritual features or as clearance mounds. There is no evidence of any field enclosures or plots and no surface stone of consequence over a very wide area, but this may be obscured by peat growth. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

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

Not visible on 1946 Royal Air Forcec aerial photographs.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130548, 15/05/1992 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Nine cairns forming part of a cairnfield scattered around the edge of two small fields, which are defined largely by the mounds.
A: SX 5750 7080. Ovoid 4m by 2.3m by 0.4m high.
B: SX 5746 7085. Subcircular 4m diameter, 0.3m high.
C: SX 5747 7088, subcircular 3m diameter by 0.3m high.
D: SX 5749 7089, subcircular, 5.5m diameter, 0.4m high.
E: SX 5752 7089, subcircular 3.8m diameter, 0.4m high.
F: SX 5753 7087, subcircular 4.6m diameter, 0.8m high.
G: SX 5755 7085, subcircular 4.5m diameter, 0.7m high.
H: SX 5757 7084, ovoid 6m by 3m by 0.4m high.
I: SX 5756 7083, subcircular, 4.1m diameter, 0.7m high.

Fletcher, M. J., 2007, Field Investigators notes (Report - Survey). SDV272791.

(30/05/2007) Bronze Age cairns located on a slight south-west facing slope in gorse-covered moorland. They are difficult to trace because of the dense undergrowth however the mounds that are still visible are turf-covered and constructed of boulders and stones; no kerbs are evident. Cairns in this scattered unenclosed group surveyed at 1:2500 scale.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, WLK-112 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 20/12/2019. Each cairn is surrounded by a ring of cropped turf with cropped gorse outcrops, within a general area of thick ‘blanket’ gorse cover. The damage agency score relates to the cairns rather than the whole site in general. Overall condition good. Photo x 12 taken.

Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, WLK-112 (Photograph). SDV363073.

All photos show grass/moss/whortleberry cover with grazed gorse outcrops. Photo 1: 130545 - View looking 200°. Photo 2: 130547 - View looking 110°. Photo 3: 'G' - View looking 030°. Photo 4: 'H' - View looking 090°. Photo 5: 'I' - View looking 230°. Photo 6: 'A' - View looking 110°. Photo 7: 130546 - View looking 260°. Photo 8: 'B' - View looking 320°. Photo 9: 'C' - View looking 120°. Photo 10: 'D' - View looking 190°. Photo 11: 'E' - View looking 110°. Photo 12: 'F' - View looking 110°.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV259423Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX57SE88. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV272791Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 2007. Field Investigators notes. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Digital.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130548, 15/05/1992.
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.
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. WLK-112.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. WLK-112.

Associated Monuments

MDV48474Related to: Cairn (Monument)
MDV48475Related to: Cairn (Monument)
MDV48476Related to: Cairn (Monument)
MDV48101Related to: Fields defined by cairns and lynchet south-west of Raddick Hill (Monument)
MDV48478Related to: Lynchet running through cairn group (Monument)
MDV48479Related to: Rubble bank forming part of cairnfield (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jan 4 2020 2:10PM