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HER Number:MDV52762
Name:Ring cairn on Lakehead Hill


Remains of a cairn circle 7.8 metres in diameter, height 0.9 metres. Kerb present.


Grid Reference:SX 643 774
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/92
  • Old SAM Ref: 28687(P)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description


Vis=-/-/1997 (gerrard, s. ) ring cairn forming part of a ritual complex on lakehead hill (mpp).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148.

Remains of cairn circle, 9m diam, with 10 spaced stones up to 0.6m high. Three displaced stones lie from 4m to 7m beyond the circle. Interior level, a few stones just penetrating the turf. No sign of a cist (os).

Gerrard, S., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV246637.

Vis=9/7/1997 (gerrard, s. ) diam 7.8m, height 0.9m. Kerb.

1963, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV266780.

Cairn circle shown on os 6" (1963) map (os).

RCHM CITING TDA, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV266781.

22ft diam cairn circle consisting of 10 stones. Slight traces of its barrow or cairn, but no visible traces of a cist (rchm citing tda).

NMR CITING NEWMAN, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV266783.

Vis=22/11/1993 (rchm) incomplete cairn circle of 10 stones with an internal diameter of 6.8m. The granite stones, of which several are now missing, are set on edge and measure between 0.6 and 1.4m wide at the base and up to 0.3m thick, with the tallest stone standing to 0.9m. The ground in and around the circle is gently undulating, with several small stones protruding through the turf indicating possible remains of a removed cairn and a certain amount of modern erosion. Three larger stones, which may be displaced from the monument lie between 4m and 11m n of the circle. There is no evidence of there having been a cist but a shallow depression of 1m diameter at the centre of the circle could indicate possible disturbance of a burial.15m sw of this monument lies a similar circle but with cist (sx67nw/10) (nmr citing newman).

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV266784.

Vis=16/11/1979 (os) cairn circle. Diam 9m with 10 spaced stones up to 0.6m high. Three displaced stones lie from 4m to 7m beyond the circle. Interior is level, a few stones just penetrating the turf. No sign of a cist (nmr citing os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV266788.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV266789.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV266790.

Butler, j/dartmoor atlas of antiquities - the north/2(1991)50;fig 27.13.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV266791.

Des=newman, p. /(22/11/1993)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV266792.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV266793.

Des=gerrard, s. /(9/7/1997)/as above.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2014, Bellever: An Archaeological Landscape (Leaflet). SDV357070.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148Migrated Record:
SDV246637Migrated Record: Gerrard, S..
SDV266780Migrated Record: 1963.
SDV266781Migrated Record: RCHM CITING TDA.
SDV266783Report - Survey: NMR CITING NEWMAN.
SDV266784Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV266788Migrated Record:
SDV266789Migrated Record:
SDV266790Migrated Record:
SDV266791Migrated Record:
SDV266792Migrated Record:
SDV266793Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV357070Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2014. Bellever: An Archaeological Landscape. Dartmoor National Park Authority Publication. A5 Stapled.

Associated Monuments

MDV5842Related to: Cist on Lakehead Hill (Monument)
MDV5843Related to: Ring cairn on Lakehead Hill (Monument)
MDV5930Related to: Stone alignment on Lakehead Hill (Monument)
MDV5873Related to: Stone alignment with cist on Lakehead Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7388 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7406 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels

Date Last Edited:Jul 24 2015 2:14PM