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HER Number:MDV5764
Name:Cairn on Sharp Tor


A prominent cairn with a diameter of 19.0m. in a maximum height of 2.5m. The cairn has been much dug over to form shelters in the top and sides.


Grid Reference:SX 649 617
Map Sheet:SX66SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHarford
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHARFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SE53
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 441928
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66SE/70
  • Old SAM Ref: 10538

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Rowe, S., 1848, Perambulation of Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV154476.

Worth, R. N., 1882, 4th Report of the Barrow Committee, 156 (Article in Serial). SDV295057.

A cairn on the summit of Sharp Tor, about sixty yards in circumference, and at least ten feet high.

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 396 (Monograph). SDV320981.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1977, SX66SE53 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV178278.

(12/04/1950) Cairn. Dilapidated. Diameter 19m, height 2m.
(23/06/1973) A prominent cairn at about 422m. O.D., with a diameter of 19.0m. in a maximum height of 2.5m. The cairn has been much dug over to form shelters in the top and sides.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 on P.F.D.

National Monuments Record, 1969, NMR SX6463, 2/49-70 (Aerial Photograph). SDV165976.

Hankin, C. F., 1977-1980, Harford Parish Checklist (Worksheet). SDV149931.

(May 1976) A large pile of stones, many above average in size for a cairn of this sort. Overgrowth has not penetrated to the pile. There is a good deal of modern disturbance of the stones. Diameter approximately 18m, height more than 3m in places, altitude 422.6m, OS 1386 feet.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(23/06/1973) Cairn, diameter 22m, height 2.5m.

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

Medium sized cairn visible on 1969 NMR aerial photograph.

Ancient Monuments, 1990, Schedule notes (Schedule Document). SDV178280.

(1990) Cairn 25m diameter, 1.8m high.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV149931Worksheet: Hankin, C. F.. 1977-1980. Harford Parish Checklist. Parish Checklist. Digital.
SDV154476Monograph: Rowe, S.. 1848. Perambulation of Dartmoor.
SDV165976Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1969. NMR SX6463. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/49-70.
SDV178278Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1977. SX66SE53. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV178280Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1990. Schedule notes. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback.
SDV295057Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1882. 4th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 14. Digital. 156.
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.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 396.

Associated Monuments

MDV13486Related to: Prehistoric stone circle and stone row circa 200 metres northeast of Sharp Tor, Harford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8082 - Survey of the Upper Erme Valley

Date Last Edited:Jan 18 2022 8:19AM