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HER Number:MDV50152
Name:South-west Cairn Cemetery on White Hill, Peter Tavy


Linear cemetery of nine cairns on the south-west slopes of White Hill.


Grid Reference:SX 529 836
Map Sheet:SX58SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishPeter Tavy
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishPETER TAVY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58SW/3
  • Old SAM County Ref: 19
  • Old SAM Ref: 20349
  • Pastscape: 440672

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1888, Some Devon Monoliths, 47-48 (Article in Serial). SDV266063.

Royal Air Force, 1947, RAF/CPE/UK/2149, 4290 (Aerial Photograph). SDV282746.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 159 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 106-107 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Over sixty cairns are visible on the slopes of White Hill, grouped into four cemeteries. The south-west cemetery includes the largest cairns laid out in a line. Three, probably numbers 3, 4 and 5 [from west to east] were excavated by Baring-Gould in around 1888. Despite their comparatively large size he only found a shallow pit dug into the subsoil at the centre of each containing charcoal and ashes. Details of 8 cairns given.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Cairns visible on aerial photograph.

English Heritage, 2012, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV348729.

White Hill round cairn cemetery. See individual schedules for details of each cairn.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Unknown, SX58SW4 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV268214.

Site visit 24th October 1950. Details given of five barrows or cairns on the side of White Down.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 106-107.
SDV266063Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1888. Some Devon Monoliths. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 20. 47-48.
SDV268214Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Unknown. SX58SW4. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 159.
SDV282746Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1947. RAF/CPE/UK/2149. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4290.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #93732 ]
SDV348729National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2012. National Heritage List for England. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV3210Parent of: BARROW in the Parish of Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV21083Parent of: CAIRN (POSSIBLE) in the Parish of Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV17699Parent of: Cairn 420 metres south-west of White Hill summit, Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV21079Parent of: CAIRN in the Parish of Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV21080Parent of: CAIRN in the Parish of Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV21081Parent of: CAIRN in the Parish of Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV21082Parent of: CAIRN in the Parish of Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV57359Parent of: CAIRN in the Parish of Peter Tavy (Monument)
MDV21078Parent of: RING CAIRN in the Parish of Peter Tavy (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8141 - Condition survey of the Willsworthy Training Area
  • EDV8291 - Okehampton Range: Monument Baseline Condition Survey
  • EDV7368 - Survey of the Willsworthy Training Area, Peter Tavy
  • EDV8448 - Excavation of cairns at White Hill

Date Last Edited:Jan 25 2021 3:03PM