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HER Number:MDV49912
Name:Clearance Cairns on Miltor Mator Common, Dainton


Most of the cairns appear to be field clearance cairns. However, a sherd of Samian pottery has been found in each of two of the larger and better defined cairns.


Grid Reference:SX 859 667
Map Sheet:SX86NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishIpplepen
Ecclesiastical ParishIPPLEPEN

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX86NE/37/9

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CLEARANCE CAIRN (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

English Heritage, 1987, Dainton (Devon), 5-7 (Article in Serial). SDV346299.

Six of the cairns were found to be field clearance cairns. The cairn built over the remains of the Iron Age House was not constructed of clearance stones. The other two large cairns produced Roman pottery and a fragment of a turned shale bracelet but no evidence of burial.

Smith, G., 1987, Dainton Excavations, 1986 (Un-published). SDV346298.

Nine of the eleven cairns threatened by quarrying extension were investigated by English Heritage's Central Excavation Unit in 1986. Most of the cairns were small and undefined with no finds. Two, however, were large, well defined and platform-like and from each of these came a sherd of Samian pottery. Two of those excavated in 1975 also produced Roman pottery.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV346298Un-published: Smith, G.. 1987. Dainton Excavations, 1986. A4 Stapled. [Mapped feature: #30840 ]
SDV346299Article in Serial: English Heritage. 1987. Dainton (Devon). The Work of the Central Excavation Unit 1986-7. Unknown. 5-7.

Associated Monuments

MDV8713Part of: Prehistoric field system at Dainton Hill (Monument)
MDV8698Related to: Two Enclosures on Miltor Mator Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 10 2015 1:13PM