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HER Number:MDV50568
Name:Cairn alignment 410 metres south east of Sourton Tors

Summary

Vis=30/4/1993 (gerrard) the cairn alignment is orientated nne-ssw from above ngr to sx54748982 and includes a 344.5m long row of 74 small cairns with a large mound at either end. The diameters of the small cairns range from 1m to 2.5m and their heights from 0.1m to 0.4m, with a spacing of between 4m and 6m. The cairn at the s end measures 10m in diameter and stands up to 0.4m high. A number of shallow hollows in the surface of the mound, suggest partial early excavation or robbing. The cairn at the n end measures 13m in diameter and 0.8m high. A number of stone slabs set around the perimeter of the mound indicate the presence of a kerb which now survives largely as a buried feature. The surface of this cairn is also pitted with shallow hollows indicating previous robbing or partial excavation. The alignment is cut through by a later post-medieval boundary ditch. This cairn alignment is the only known example on dartmoor and perhaps in britain (mpp).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 546 894
Map Sheet:SX58NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishLands common to the Parishes of Bridestowe and Sourton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRIDESTOWE AND SOURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX58NW/2/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 24060

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Unknown, MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA (Migrated Record). SDV331.

Vis=30/4/1993 (gerrard) the cairn alignment is orientated nne-ssw from above ngr to sx54748982 and includes a 344.5m long row of 74 small cairns with a large mound at either end. The diameters of the small cairns range from 1m to 2.5m and their heights from 0.1m to 0.4m, with a spacing of between 4m and 6m. The cairn at the s end measures 10m in diameter and stands up to 0.4m high. A number of shallow hollows in the surface of the mound, suggest partial early excavation or robbing. The cairn at the n end measures 13m in diameter and 0.8m high. A number of stone slabs set around the perimeter of the mound indicate the presence of a kerb which now survives largely as a buried feature. The surface of this cairn is also pitted with shallow hollows indicating previous robbing or partial excavation. The alignment is cut through by a later post-medieval boundary ditch. This cairn alignment is the only known example on dartmoor and perhaps in britain (mpp).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV225929.

Des=mpp/130993.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV225930.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/49(1991)143-4/a cairn alignment on sourton common, dartmoor.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV225929Migrated Record:
SDV225930Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV4626Related to: Stone circle south-east of Sourton Tors (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Nov 13 2015 11:58AM