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HER Number:MDV51454
Name:Cairn on the north eastern slope of White Hill

Summary

Eastern of five cairns forming an outlying part of a cairnfield on the north eastern slope of White Hill. Diameter 4.7 metres, height 0.7 metres. Slit trench cut into centre suggests partial excavation, robbing or military use.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 536 840
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/91/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 22344(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130961, 20/4/1993 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Cairn mound measures 4.7 metres in diameter and stands up to 0.7 metres high. A slit trench, measuring 2 metres long, 0.6 metres wide and 0.2 metres deep, cut into the centre of the mound suggests partial early excavation, robbing or military use. This cairn forms an outlying part of a classic cairnfield, including at least 22 mounds, a length of boundary bank and a lynchet.


English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

The cairnfield on the north eastern slope of White Hill survives well and contains archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. It provides a valuable insight into Bronze Age agricultural activity on the western side of the Moor.
This monument includes a cairn situated on a south-facing slope overlooking the valley of the Walla Brook. The cairn mound measures 4.7m in diameter and stands up to 0.7m high. A slit trench cut into the centre of the mound suggests partial early excavation, robbing or military use. This cairn forms an outlying part of a cairnfield which includes at least 22 mounds, as well as a length of boundary bank and a lynchet.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130961, 20/4/1993.
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV14428Part of: Cairnfield and associated earthworks on north-east slope of White Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:May 5 2015 4:00PM