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


Large Cairn '2' (Butler) 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

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset: NI site
  • National Monuments Record: SX66NE41
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 441473
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/22

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951/1979, SX66NE41 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV152938.

(09/07/1951) Cairn at SX 69446590. The remains of a cairn which has been extensively robbed leaving a depression in the centre 0.5 metres deep. The remains are mostly turf-covered although many of the stones towards the centre are bare. No trace of a cist. Diameter 17 metres, height 0.75 metre.
(12/08/1979) At SX 69456588, within a pasture field there is partly grass and bracken covered cairn.
It is constructed of small stones and measures about 16.0m in diameter and 0.7m high, including a rim 1.8m wide and 0.4m high which is complete save for minor depredations by cattle. The interior is flat with stones protruding from the turf.
The level interior and the completeness of the rim suggest a platform cairn similar to SX 66 SE 11 rather than extensive robbing. See ground photograph and section. (The cairn is not listed by Grinsell)
Surveyed at 1:2500 and at 1:10000 on MSD.

Robinson, R., 1976, Lambs Down cairns (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 (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on the aerial photographs.

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

Lambs Down '2' at SX69446588 a cairn of 19 metres diameter by 0.8 metres high in the upper field is a slightly hollowed mound with a smaller satellite of 3.0 metres diameter by 0.3 metres high 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.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV144135Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1976. Lambs Down cairns. 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. 1951/1979. SX66NE41. 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.
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

MDV130234Related to: Cairn on Lambs Down, West Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV130235Related to: Cairn on Lambs Down, West Buckfastleigh (Monument)
MDV13199Related to: Cairns south-west of Lamb’s Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 21 2021 3:57PM