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HER Number:MDV5746
Name:Northern cairn; Three Barrows on Ugborough Moor, Ugborough

Summary

This north-western cairn is wholly in Ugborough parish. It has been pulled to pieces and left in a very dilapidated state. Diameter 21 metres and height 1.21 metres

Location

Grid Reference:SX 652 626
Map Sheet:SX66SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishUgborough
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishUGBOROUGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SE56
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/52
  • Old SAM County Ref: 389
  • Old SAM Ref: 10620
  • Pastscape: 441934

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Spence Bate, C., 1873, Researches into Some Ancient Tumuli on Dartmoor, 553 (Article in Serial). SDV309431.

"We pursued our researches for 3 days, and excavated the soil below without result". Two upright stones were implanted in the ground near the margin on the south side. Three barrows, the highest point in Ugborough parish.

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Tumuli' at 'Three Barrows' shown on 19th century map.

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 163-164, 466, Plate 32a (Monograph). SDV337618.

Elevation 464 metres, a hill with 3 cairns. This north-west cairn is wholly in Ugborough parish. It has been pulled to pieces and left in a very dilapidated state. Diameter 21 metres and height 1.21 metres.

National Monuments Record, 1969, NMR SX6463, 1/28-48 (Aerial Photograph). SDV165976.

Photograph taken on 12th April 1969.

Ordnance Survey, 1977, SX66SE56, SX66SE56 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV178136.

A cairn 22.0 metres in diameter and 1.4 metres high in a prominent situation at about 464 metres above O.D. It has been much dug into, and many small quarry pits to the west and south-west of the cairn seem likely to have been used to get the stone for all three barrows. The pits are now turf-covered.

Robinson, R., 1984, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984 (Un-published). SDV343082.

Site visited on 19th March 1984.

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

Visible on aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 64, Map 54 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn at 65216264 to the north-west of the summit of Three Barrows which was excavated in 1872.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Newman, P., 2018, Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet) (Cartographic). SDV361913.

Feature shown on survey.

Newman, P., 2018, The Upper Erme Valley, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: An Archaeological Survey, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV362921.

The northern cairn at Three Barrows comprises an exposed stony mound with an elliptical footprint 24 metres by 19.5 metres, and a hollowed centre, resembling a crater. The central areas of all three cairns have been much disturbed over the centuries, though some crudely-built stone shelters, visible on satellite photography of 2002 (Google Earth), have been dismantled and the stone carefully re-assimilated into the cairn by the Dartmoor National Park Authority,

Historic England, 2020, National Heritage List for England, 1012773 (National Heritage List for England). SDV363414.

This is one of a group of three large cairns situated prominently on the hill known as Three Barrows, it is formed by a mound of stones on a stone and earth base and is 20 metres in diameter and 1.5 metres in height. The group is associated with a reave which runs over Three Barrows.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV165976Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1969. NMR SX6463. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1/28-48.
SDV178136Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. 1977. SX66SE56. OSAD Card SX66SE56. Card Index. SX66SE56.
SDV309431Article in Serial: Spence Bate, C.. 1873. Researches into Some Ancient Tumuli on Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 6. Digital. 553.
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.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 163-164, 466, Plate 32a.
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. 64, Map 54.
SDV343082Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1984. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1984. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV361913Cartographic: Newman, P.. 2018. Erme Valley Survey data (GIS and Excel spreadsheet). GIS ShapeFile. Digital. [Mapped feature: #95812 ]
SDV363414National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2020. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1012773.

Associated Monuments

MDV25706Related to: Group of trial or stone extraction pits west of Three Barrows on Ugborough Moor, Ugborough (Monument)
MDV5830Related to: Southern cairn; Three Barrows on Ugborough Moor, South Brent (Monument)
MDV5673Related to: Three Barrows Reave on Ugborough Moor (Monument)
MDV5666Related to: Three Barrows; largest cairn, Ugborough Moor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley
  • EDV8477 - Excavation of cairn, Three Barrows

Date Last Edited:Feb 21 2021 1:01PM