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HER Number:MDV5196
Name:Cairn south-west of Lamb's Down


Large cairn south of Lamb’s Down in field with multiple other cairns. This is likely to be a prehistoric burial mound, unlike some of the other more modern clearance mounds in the locality. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 694 658
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishWEST BUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Group of prehistoric cairns south-west of Lamb's Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/22
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 3112, 3113 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951, SX66NE41 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV152938.

Remains of a cairn which has been robbed extensively leaving a depression in centre. The remains are mostly turf covered, although many of the stones towards the centre are bare. There is no trace of a cist. Diameter measures 17.0 metres, height 0.75 metres.

Robinson, R., 1976, Untitled Source (Worksheet). SDV144135.

Cairn measures 18.0 metres in diameter, 1.0 metres high and is constructed of small stones. There is a hollow in the centre.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Not visible on the aerial photographs used in the Aerial Photograph Project.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 161, Map 57, 33 (Monograph). SDV337765.

In the upper field, a large slightly hollowed mound (19.0 by 0.8 metres) is very likely to be a burial cairn with a smaller satellite (3.0 by 0.3 metres) close by to the south.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV144135Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1976. Worksheet. Worksheet.
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3112, 3113.
SDV152938Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1951. SX66NE41. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 161, Map 57, 33.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94141 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV13199Related to: Cairns south-west of Lamb’s Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2015 4:07PM