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HER Number:MDV55251
Name:Small cairns near the Giant's Basin cairn, Drizzlecombe

Summary

Three disturbed small stony mounds lie on the south-west fringe of the Giant's Basin cairn. Their origin and function are not obvious. They may be small cairns which are contemporaneous with the large prehistoric cairn however they could equally be spoil heaps or stone clearance cairns of medieval or later date.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 591 669
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX56NE205
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/77/2
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/77/2/1
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/77/2/3
  • Old SAM Ref: 24104
  • Pastscape: 619146

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 168/33a-c (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(29/7/1972) Three very small, mutilated cairns aligned north-west by south-east are centred at SX 5919 6693, (Grinsell Nos 33a-c). These may be satellite cairns of the Giant's Basin, (SX 56 NE 45)
33a:- The north-west cairn is 2.4m in diameter, 0.2m high. North-west and central ones have hollow centres.
33b:- The central cairn is 3.6m in diameter, 0.3m high.
33c:- The south-east cairn is 3.4m in diameter, 0.2m high. This cairn is mutilated
Cairn 33a may be that mentioned by Breton as being a 'tiny kistvaen' at the NW foot of the Giant's Basin.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 133443, 133444 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(12/03/1993) Round cairns forming part of a cluster of Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual and settlement features including three stone alignments, at least 22 cairns, five enclosures and a large number of associated stone hut circles.
The first cairn lies at the foot of the west side of the Giant's Basin and survives as a 3m diameter mound standing up to 0.4m high. A central hollow, measuring 1.2m by 1.1m by 0.15m deep, represents the site of a partial early excavation or robbing. The periphery of the mound is defined by a kerb of edge set stones except on the s where it survives as a buried feature.
(SX 5918 6693). Round cairn 2m diameter, 0.2m high. Central hollow 0.7m by 0.6m by 0.1m deep.
(SX 5916 6911) The cairn lies at the foot of the west side of the Giant's basin and survives as a 4m by 3.5m wide mound standing up to 0.2m high. A central hollow, measuring 2m by 1.3m by 0.2m deep, represents the site of a partial early excavation or robbing.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 136 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S., 1999, Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon (Report - Survey). SDV346268.

(11/11/1999) Three disturbed small stony mounds lie on the south-west fringe of a large cairn.
SX 5918 6693 Measures 3.6m in diameter and 0.3m high: badly distrubed.
SX 5918 6694 3.1m in diameter and 0.5m high; disturbed.
SX 5918 6694 2.1m in diameter and 0.2m high.
Their origin and function are not obvious. They may be small cairns which are contemporaneous with the large prehistoric cairn however they could equally be spoil heaps or stone clearance cairns of medieval or later date.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 136.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 168/33a-c.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 133443, 133444.
SDV346268Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. + Newman, P. + Probert, S.. 1999. Drizzlecombe, Eylesbarrow, Ditsworthy and Hartor areas in the Plym Valley, West Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #34875 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV3372Related to: Giant's Basin cairn, Drizzlecombe (Monument)
MDV3373Related to: Possible cist near Giant's Basin cairn (Monument)
MDV14777Related to: Stone Row, Drizzlecombe (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey

Date Last Edited:Jan 14 2020 2:56PM