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HER Number:MDV5802
Name:Ring cairn on Parnell's Hill to east of Gripper's Hill, Dean Prior

Summary

North-western of a pair of cairns on Parnell's Hill to the east of Gripper's Hil. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 691 650
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDEAN PRIOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of two Bronze Age cairns and a ring cairn 950 metres west of Skerraton Gate

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX66SE11
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/277
  • Pastscape: 441770
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 3112-3113 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 138 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Mutilated, cairn on Gripper’s Hill measuring 21.0 meters in diameter, 0.6 meters high. The berm on the south-west sector of the cairn is perhaps illusory. (Visited 16/4/1977) Other details: Dean Prior 8..

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

Not recorded during the Aerial Photograph Project.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 69 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

A55. A ring cairn, Harbourne Head consisting of a stone ring 17.0 metres in diameter internally, with bank 1.8 metres wide and 0.4 metres high. Cairn contains a central mound, 12.0 metres in diameter, 0.8 metres high. This type of cairn is referred to as a Dartmoor version of the Wessex bell barrows.

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

Parnell's Hill '1' cairn at SX69116503. Cairn of 23 metres diameter is one of two badly damaged cairns. Both have an outer bank surrounding a slightly raised interior with a mound in the centre.

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, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Cairn shown on modern mapping.

National Monuments Record, 2020, Pastscape, 441770, SX66SE11 (Website). SDV363416.

Field Investigtion on 9th July 1951. Cairn 'A' at SX 69136501. The remains of a large cairn now much despoiled, the remaining stones being mostly overgrown. There is no trace of a cist. Diameter 22.5 metres, height approximately 1.0 metre.
Field Investigtion on 3rd October 1980. There are two certain cairns occupying a crest position at 370 metres OD on a southern spur of Grippers Hill, both partly grass covered.
Cairn 'A' at SX 69106503 A cairn of small stones, measuring 24.0 metrs in diameter and 1.2 metres high including a rim of hard packed stone and earth which is 0.7 metres high and 2.0 metres wide. This rim extends around the top.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3112-3113.
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 69.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 138.
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.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #95971 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV363416Website: National Monuments Record. 2020. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 441770, SX66SE11.

Associated Monuments

MDV5803Related to: Cairn on Parnell's Hill to east of Gripper's Hill, Dean Prior (Monument)
MDV48859Related to: Site of a cairn on Parnell's Hill to the east of Gripper's Hill, Dean Prior (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 28 2021 12:16PM