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HER Number:MDV51501
Name:Cairn on Walkhampton Common

Summary

Northern cairn of a group of four cairns on Walkhampton Common. Measures 4.5 metres in diameter and stands up to 0.8 metres high. A number of retaining stones are visible around the north eastern perimeter of the mound, indicating the presence of a kerb, which survives largely as a buried feature.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 562 704
Map Sheet:SX57SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 1455640
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX57SE/366/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 22275

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 130817 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Round cairn forming part of a cluster of four cairns. Mound measures 4.5 metres in diameter and stands up to 0.8 metres high. A number of retaining stones are visible around the ne perimeter of the mound, indicating the presence of a kerb, which survives largely as a buried feature.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 40 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Four small cairns close together. One, spread to 5 metres across, has a central hollow but the others (4 metres by 3 metres) appear undamaged.


English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Section, 2007, Field investigation - Walkhampton Common cairns, 30/05/2007 (Report - Survey). SDV256120.

Centred SX56297042 A group of four bronze age cairns located on the lower north-east facing slopes of Sharpitor.
The largest cairn measures 5.2 metres across, up to 0.6 metres high and has a trench cut into the centre from the south side. There are some boulders and stones lying in the disturbed area but there is no visible cist. The other cairns are respectively 4.0 metres by 3.0 metres and 0.5 metres high; 3.5 metres by 3.6 metres and 0.5 metres high and 4.2 metres by 4.0 metres and 0.6 metres high.
They lie in open turf-covered moorland but with some adjacent gorse stands.


English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England, 1007643 (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

Despite evidence for the partial excavation of one mound, the four round cairns 340m ENE of Sharpitor survive well and contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The cairns form an important constituent part of a diverse group of monuments including contemporary settlements, field-systems and other funerary sites. This group of cairns lies midway between two similar sized settlements and they may therefore also have acted as territorial markers for neighbouring communities.
This monument includes a closely spaced group of four round cairns situated on a gentle north east facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Meavy. The northern cairn mound measures 4.5m in diameter and stands up to 0.8m high. A number of retaining stones are visible around the north eastern perimeter of the mound, indicating the presence of a kerb, which survives largely as a buried feature. Scheduled 1994.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 40.
SDV256120Report - Survey: English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Section. 2007. Field investigation - Walkhampton Common cairns. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown. 30/05/2007.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 130817. [Mapped feature: #32127 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website. 1007643.

Associated Monuments

MDV51503Related to: Cairn on Walkhampton Common (Monument)
MDV51502Related to: Cairn on Walkhampton Common (Monument)
MDV51504Related to: Cairn on Walkhampton Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Sep 19 2014 4:18PM