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HER Number:MDV5219
Name:Cairn at Puper's Rock, Buckfastleigh Moor


Cairn at Puper's Rock. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 672 673
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Pupers Reave and Pupers Rock Cairn. Earthwork and stone remains of a Bronze Age reave, enclosure with hut circle and cairns across Buckfastleigh and Dean Moors bisected by 16th-17th century openworks on western side of Lambs Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/39
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, NMR SX6767, 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV145368.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1977, SX66NE10 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV147243.

Pupers Rock. (1950) Either a truncated cairn or a ring cairn, built around a tor. Diameter 22 meters, height 1.2 meters. (1976) Other details: Plan in parish file, scale 1:100.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 137 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

No definite trace of cairn could be found. (Visited 11/10/1975).

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

Puper’s Rock is a natural outcrop at 455 meters above sea level, some 10.0 meters across and 2.0 meters high, encompassed by a mass of small stones. Most are piled to the west of the outcrop but overall they form a cairn 16.0 meters in diameter and 1.0 meter high. On the southern side the precise perimeter is difficult to determine since a spread of stone on the surface extends for a further 8.0 meters. The structure is much disturbed but appears to have originally had a flat top with a rim, 2.0 - 3.0 meters wide and 0.5 meters high, around the western half. There are five upright slabs on the top angled to blocks of outcrop.
Recorded in Project.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 37 69 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Ring cairn incorporating a large flat-topped granite outcrop. The stone ring measures 17 meters in diameter internally with 2.5 meter wide bank 0.6 meters high. There are the remains of a stone circle, around 1.0 meter high within the outcrop. Other details: A58.

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

SDV145368Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. NMR SX6767. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 1.
SDV147243Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1977. SX66NE10. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 37 69.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 137.
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.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94238 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV13191Related to: Cairn 80 metres north-east of Puper's Rock (Monument)
MDV13205Related to: Inner Pupers Cairn, Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV13188Related to: Puper's Reave, Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2015 12:15PM