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HER Number:MDV5200
Name:Cairn on Holne Lee, Holne


Cairn '1' (Butler) one of a group of cairns on Holne Lee


Grid Reference:SX 678 695
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHolne
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66NE2
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/26
  • Old SAM Ref: 28765.02
  • Pastscape: 441354

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, 141 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 13th September 1973. Cairn diameter 24 metres, height 1 metre.

National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1457, 450 (Aerial Photograph). SDV172921.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152227 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 19th May 1999. One of five cairns on Holne Lee situated 2 kilometres 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 '1' cairn at SX67846957 of 22.5 metres diameter by 1.2 metres high is deformed by a saucer shaped depression in the surface now turfed over and comparatively smooth, the product of some ancient excavation.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 441354, SX66NE2 (Website). SDV363416.

Site visited on 20th April 1950. Cairn 'a' diameter 24.0 metres, 1.0 metre high. A large flat topped barrow, completely turf covered but presumably like the others.
Field Investigation on 26th June 1977. Cairn 'A' at SX 67846957. A round cairn, overall diameter 22.5 metres with a central platform, 7 metres diameter and 0.6 metres high, surrounded by a rim, 7.8 metres average width and 0.9 metres high.

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

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1019269 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

The monument, which falls into three areas of protection, includes five cairns forming a cairn cemetery situated on a high ridge on Holne Lee overlooking the valley of the River Dart. Four of the mounds contain pits which indicate that they have been subjected to early undocumented investigations. This is a large cairn of 22.5 metres diameter and 1.1 metres high.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV172921Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1457. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 450.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 141.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152227.
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. 441354, SX66NE2.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #129064 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1019269.

Associated Monuments

MDV5201Related to: Cairn on Holne Lee, Holne (Monument)
MDV5202Related to: Cairn on Holne Lee, Holne (Monument)
MDV13208Related to: Cairn on Holne Lee. Holne (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7100 - Holne Moor Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 4 2021 11:14AM