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HER Number:MDV52812
Name:Cairn on the south-eastern edge of Broadun settlement, Dartmoor Forest


Cairn on the south-east edge of Broadun prehistoric settlement of 5.5 metres diameter by up to 0.8 metres high. Clipped on its north side by the Powder Mills leat it was previously described as a hut circle


Grid Reference:SX 635 798
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW220
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 883265
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/297
  • Old SAM County Ref: 977
  • Old SAM Ref: 34492

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Burnard, R., 1891, Dartmoor Pictorial Records (Article in Serial). SDV222204.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, I. S. Sainsbury (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(29/09/1989) SX 63607981 Cairn.
Situated on the outer SE edge of Broadun settlement (SX 68 SW 11) where the wall is cut through and obscured by the Powder Mills leat, is a turf covered mound of large stones. It is 5.5nm in diameter and of 0.8m maximum height. It is depicted as a hut circle on Burnard's 19th century plan of Broadun Ring (Burnard, 1891?) but although clipped on its N side by the Powder Mills leat, it is most probably a sepulchral cairn.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 39-40, Map 27, Figure 27.2 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Possibly the small circular feature shown in the south-east corner of 'Broadun'.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Historic England, 2022, National Heritage List for England, 1021333 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364675.

Adjacent to the southern side of the enclosure is a cairn. This survives as a 5.5 metres diameter stony mound standing up to 0.8 metres high. This cairn is clipped on its northern side by a leat carrying water to the gunpowder mills at Cherry Brook.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 39-40, Map 27, Figure 27.2.
SDV222204Article in Serial: Burnard, R.. 1891. Dartmoor Pictorial Records. Dartmoor Pictorial Records. 2. Unknown.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #136926 ]
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. I. S. Sainsbury.
SDV364675National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2022. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1021333.

Associated Monuments

MDV5946Related to: Broadun enclosed hut circle settlement, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8648 - Middle Merripit Farm, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Apr 14 2022 10:49AM