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HER Number:MDV5093
Name:Alleged cairn in streamworking near Plym Head


A cairn was alleged at this location could no trace of it could be revealed during field investigation.


Grid Reference:SX 617 683
Map Sheet:SX66NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of tin streaming and trial pits at Wheal Katherine Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NW5
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 441579
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NW/17
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223, 5325 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147275.

Nothing visible on air photograph.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1978, SX66NW5 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV252848.

(SX 61776839) Cist "Capstone 5 feet 8 inches by 5 feet 14 stones. Prostrate stones in circle, one over 8 feet high, one over 6 feet high, one over 3 feet high. Oriented 22 1/2o east of north. This is a little doubtful, the tinners might have made it." (citing Crawford, O. G. S., undated).
Does not exist (Worth, R. H., 10/12/1948).
(10/09/1978) No cist could be found in this area in the vicinity of old streamworks. In the rough pasture there are numerous naturally disposed boulders and it seems likely that this is one of the Rev H Breton's flights of fancy. His activities as a correspondent for Crawford seem to have been from the First World War to about 1930.

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

Not visible on aerial photographs.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(10/11/1994) There is no ground evidence to suggest the presence of this feature.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV147275Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/3G/TUD/UK/223. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 5325.
SDV252848Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1978. SX66NW5. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:May 30 2023 11:16AM