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HER Number:MDV5198
Name:Large cairn on Holne Lee north-west of Greatcombe, Holne


Cairn '5' (Butler) one of many cairns on Holne Lee


Grid Reference:SX 684 698
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHolne
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NE1
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/24
  • Old SAM Ref: 28764.03
  • Pastscape: 441351

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 1501 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Tumuli' shown on 19th century map.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 142 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 13th September 1973. Mutilated cairn. Diameter 19.5 metres, height 1 metre.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152222 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited 19th May 1999. One of 4 cairns on Holne Lee situated 1220 metres south-west of Fore Stoke.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 171-2, Map 58, Figure 58.7 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Holne Lee '5' cairn of SX68496980 of 18.0 metres diameter by 1.0 metres high is clearly visible half a kilometre downhill may have been dug into at a more recent date as the disturbed stones at the centre are yet uncovered by vegetation.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Cartographic). SDV345521.

Cairn shown on survey.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 441351, SX66NE1 (Website). SDV363416.

Site visited on 20th April 1950. Cairn 'a' One of two cairns on Holne Leeis a large cairn very mutilated.
Field Investigation on 28th June 1977. Two cairns lie on the crest, at the north-east end of a ridge at 370 metres above OD.
Cairn 'A' at SX 68496980. This round cairn, overall diameter 18.5 metres is constructed of small boulders and comprises a central mound, 12.8 metres diameter, 0.9 metres high, which has been extensively disturbed. It is immediately surrounded by a ring, 2.9 metres thick and 0.5 metres high resulting in a cairn of embankment bowl type.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1019268 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

The monument, which falls into four areas of protection, includes four cairns situated on a gentle east facing slope on Holne Lee overlooking the valley of the River Dart. The southernmost cairn survives as a 19 metres diameter and 1.3 metres high mound.

National Monuments Record, unknown, SX6869, 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV152907.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV152907Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. unknown. SX6869. National Monuments Record Photograph. 1.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 142.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152222.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
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. 171-2, Map 58, Figure 58.7.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 441351, SX66NE1.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #129087 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1019268.

Associated Monuments

MDV13198Related to: Cairn on Holne Lee north-west of Greatcombe, Holne (Monument)
MDV5199Related to: Large cairn on Holne Lee north-west of Greatcombe, Holne (Monument)
MDV13209Related to: Small cairn on Holne Lee north-west of Greatcombe, Holne (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7100 - Holne Moor Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 4 2021 11:13AM