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HER Number:MDV5302
Name:Cairn on Dean Moor, adjacent to Puper's Reave, West Buckfastleigh


Cairn on Dean Moor, near to Puper's Reave. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 683 661
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
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

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset: NI site
  • National Monuments Record: SX66NE64
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 441536
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/84

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX66NE64 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV173636.

(30/11/1977) On a slight east-facing slope at SX68386619, in a fairly prominent position, is a possible cairn, a heath-covered peaty mound of 8.0 metres in diameter and 0.5 metres high. There is no evidence of either a kerb circle or a ditch. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on PFD.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 160-161, Map 57 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Gripper's Hill N '2' at SX68386619. Pitted cairn of 6.5 metres diameter by 0.3 metre high.

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, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV173636Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX66NE64. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. 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. 160-161, Map 57.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV13188Related to: Puper's Reave, Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 21 2021 2:53PM