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HER Number:MDV5221
Name:Cairn 300 metres west of Snowdon Hole


Large cairn on Snowdon; the most southerly of a line of four cairns. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 668 681
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a line of four Bronze Age cairns north-west of Snowdon Hole

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/41
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

National Monuments Record, NMR SX6668, 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV150364.

Breton, H. H., 1931, Untitled Source, 20 (Monograph). SDV146074.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1977, SX66NE11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV146073.

One of two cairns. The centre has been removed and dumped on eastern side. 20/4/1950
This cairn is now heavily disturbed. A modern marker cairn has been erected on the eastern side. This may originally have been a rimmed platform cairn. 13/7/1977 Other details: Profile.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 176 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Cairn, hollow towards centre, crowned by modern stone heap, measuring 24.0 meters in diameter, and 1.0 meter in height. (Visited on 17/9/1974)

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

Recorded during the Aerial Photograph Project.

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

Southernmost of four cairns on Snowdon, this is the largest, measuring 24.5 meters in diameter by 1.0 meter high and is composed of a loosely piled mass of medium-sized stones. There are traces of an outer rim surrounding the pitted and hollowed interior and the cairn may have originally been more structured as the tops of some vertically set slabs are visible within the body of the mound which seem to form part of an inner ring. One block which is particularly noticeable within the western side of the mound is likely to have originally have stood on the margin. Other details: Map 58, 10.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV146073Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1977. SX66NE11. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV146074Monograph: Breton, H. H.. 1931. The Forest of Dartmoor, I, Plymouth. 20.
SDV150364Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. NMR SX6668. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 1.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 176.
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.
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.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #94250 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV5220Related to: Cairn 360 metres north-west of Snowdon Hole (Monument)
MDV5222Related to: Cairn 440 metres north-west of Snowdon Hole (Monument)
MDV13203Related to: Cairn 470 metres north-west of Snowdon Hole (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2015 4:07PM