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HER Number:MDV5011
Name:Cairn at north-eastern end of a stone row north-east of Horseyeatt, Walkhampton


Cairn at north-eastern end of the stone row to the north-east of Horseyeatt on Walkhampton Common


Grid Reference:SX 550 707
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/118
  • Old SAM County Ref: 527
  • Old SAM Ref: 28782

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Fox, A., 1963, Twenty-Seventh Report On Archaeology and Early History, 79 (Article in Serial). SDV124457.

Two small barrows or cairns with an associated stone row were discovered in Walkhampton common, Peek Hill. The centre of each mound had been dug into recently.

Grinsell, L. V. + Spooner, 1975, Cairn at north-east end of stone row (Report - Survey). SDV252636.

Site visited on 16th October 1975. Mutilated cairn at upper north-east end of stone row. Diameter 7.0 metres, height 0.3 metres. Cairn is on north-west slope of Sharpitor. Ordnance Survey drawing shows cairn with stone row at SX55067075.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 174 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

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

Not visible on 1946 aerial photographs.

Robinson, R. + Cosford, J., 1986, Dartmoor multiple stone circles, 166-170, Map & diagrams (Article in Serial). SDV165686.

The cairn lies on a gentle south-west slope north-east of Horseyeatt farm, with a stone row running south-west from it. The cairn is about 7 metres in diameter and 0.6 metres height, partly turf-covered, with a central hollow. The visible set stones within the cairn suggest two or three underlying concentric stone circles. These stones have a maximum height of 0.2 metres and are predominantly set with their long axes tangential to the circle.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152401. (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Cairn at north-east end of stone alignment 670 metres north-east of Horseyeatt.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 44, Map 45, Figure 45.6.1 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn at Sharpitor W Stone row of 8.9 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high is badly damaged with the surface defaced by pits and hollows, The ring of small stones on end just within the body of the mound probably once stood around the edge and there are traces of two or more inner rings. The cairn became the focus of a small cemetery within a later bank and ditch to the south-east, all of them broken into.

Newman, P., 2019, An Archaeological Survey of an area of Walkhampton Common, Dartmoor National Park, Devon, Appendix, Figures 3 & 6 (Report - Survey). SDV363478.

A turf-covered round cairn which forms the terminal of a stone row (MDV12831) on the gentle western slope of Walkhampton Common, 720 metres north-east of Horseyeat. The cairn is low and spread, with a diameter of 8.8 to 9 metres. Several earthfast stones near the periphery may be considered part of a kerb or retaining circle. The centre of the mound has evidence of an unrecorded intervention, where two small mounds of earth offset slightly from the centre to north and west, lie adjacent to a hollow containing two displaced slabs of granite.

Newman, P., 2019, Walkhampton Common Survey data (GIS and Excel Spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV363701.

Cairn shown on survey.

Ordnance Survey, 2020, MasterMap 2020 (Cartographic). SDV363413.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1019566 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

Cairn surrounded by upright stones approached from south-west by alignment of small stones. The row is mostly single, but there are occasionally pairs of stones. It terminates in a taller upright, which is now in a stream bed.

Edwards, M. + Trick, S., 2021, An Archaeological magnetometer and resistance survey Horseyeatt Stone Row (site A), 2-7, figs 1-4 (Report - Geophysical Survey). SDV365148.

No ditch was detected around this cairn during survey work undertaken in 2021.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV124457Article in Serial: Fox, A.. 1963. Twenty-Seventh Report On Archaeology and Early History. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 95. A5 Paperback. 79.
SDV165686Article in Serial: Robinson, R. + Cosford, J.. 1986. Dartmoor multiple stone circles. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 44. 166-170, Map & diagrams.
SDV252636Report - Survey: Grinsell, L. V. + Spooner. 1975. Cairn at north-east end of stone row.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 174.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152401..
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.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 44, Map 45, Figure 45.6.1.
SDV363413Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2020. MasterMap 2020. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1019566.

Associated Monuments

MDV5012Related to: Cairn to north-east of stone row on Walkhampton Common, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV12831Related to: Stone alignment 600 metres north-east of Horseyeatt, Walkhampton (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8225 - Survey of an area of Walkhampton CommonSurvey of an area of Walkhampton Common
  • EDV8351 - Walkhampton Premier Archaeological Landscape; Field Investigation Project
  • EDV8848 - Geophysical survey of the Horseyeatt Stone Row (Ref: 2010DAR-R-1(A))

Date Last Edited:Nov 7 2022 11:10AM