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HER Number:MDV5202
Name:Cairn on Holne Lee, Holne


Cairn '4' (Butler) one of many cairns on Holne Lee


Grid Reference:SX 679 696
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/28
  • Old SAM Ref: 28765
  • 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, 142 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 13th September 1973. Cairn with large hollow centre. Diameter 14 metres, height 1.1 metres.

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

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152224 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 19th May 1999. One of 5 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 '4' at SX67986962 of 11.5 metres diameter by 1.4 metres has been trenched and hollowed out to ground level

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 circa height 1.1 metres, diameter 14.5 metres. Turf and heather covered, with large hollow in centre.
Field Investigation on 26th June 1977. These 3 cairns lie on the crest, at the north east end of a
ridge at 41 metres above OD. Cairn 'C' at SX 67986963 is an oval cairn, 12 metres by 11 metres overall and 0.9 metres high
with a regular central depression, 6 metres diameter and 0.9 metres deep.
The surround is noticeably dipped to theast-south-east on the
long axis, where it is only 0.6 metres high. The even turf cover of the
stones and the regular profile suggest that this cairn hanot
been disturbed and maintains its original form as a hollow

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

'Mound' 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. The eastern cairn includes a 13.3 metres diameter mound standing up to 1.3 metres high. In the centre of the mound is a 4.8 metres long by 4 metres wide and 0.7 metres deep pit. Spoil thrown up during the digging of this pit forms a heap on the southern side of the cairn.

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. 142.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152224.
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: #94163 ]
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)
MDV5200Related 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 11:16AM