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HER Number:MDV54531
Name:Cairn on Shovel Down, Gidleigh

Summary

A turf covered stoney cairn south-west of a small settlement on Shovel Down. 1991 Survey recorded measurements of 4.9 metres diameter, height 0.65 metres. A stone filled hollow 1.9 metres by 0.2 metres deep lies slightly east of centre. No traces of a cist or a retaining circle.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 657 858
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH
Ecclesiastical ParishCHAGFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NE111
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/271
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/302
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Pastscape: 889100

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 143958, 1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Cairn at SX65758586. Diameter 6.2 metres, height 0.6 metres. Central pit 1.8 metres by 1.5 metres by 0.3 metres deep. A ring of stones around outer edge of pit may be structural.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 176-179, 243, Map 36.6, 36.7 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Forty metres outside the south-west corner of the hut circle settlement and prehistoric fields on Shovel Down is a small, solitary cairn (5.0 by 0.3 metres), that has been dug into, the displaced stones subsequently returned to the central pit where they lie in a loose pile. Butler also mentions another cairn 250 metres north of the enclosures.


Radcliffe, B., 1999, Cairn on Shovel Down (Worksheet). SDV250168.

Cites Butler's (1991, pages 176, 243) description.


Ordnance Survey, 2018, MasterMap 2018 (Cartographic). SDV360652.

Cairn is depicted on the modern mapping.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

See designation record for full description.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape (Website). SDV360651.

A turf covered stoney cairn at SX65768588 situated near the crest of the north facing flank of Shovel Down 20 metres south of a small settlement. It measures 4.9 metres in diameter and survives to a height of 0.65 metres. A stone filled hollow 1.9 metres in diameter and about 0.2 metres deep lies slightly east of centre. There are no traces of a cist or a retaining circle (citing Probert, S. A. J., 16/8/1991, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

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. 176-179, 243, Map 36.6, 36.7.
SDV250168Worksheet: Radcliffe, B.. 1999. Cairn on Shovel Down. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 143958, 1997.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.
SDV360652Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap 2018. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112530 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV58313Related to: HUT CIRCLE in the Parish of Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV58308Related to: Prehistoric field system on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV6163Related to: Small settlement on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6198 - Geophysical Survey on Shovel Down and Kes Tor

Date Last Edited:Jul 24 2018 10:38AM