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HER Number:MDV5803
Name:Cairn on Parnell's Hill to east of Gripper's Hill, Dean Prior

Summary

South-eastern of a pair of cairns on Parnell's Hill to east of Gripper's Hill. 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: SX66SE/96
  • Pastscape: 441770
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 4268-4269 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Royal Air Force, 1948, RAF/CPE/UK/2494, 3112-3 (Aerial Photograph). SDV147533.

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

Site visit 16th April 1977. Dean Prior 10. Cairn at SX69186494 18.0 metres in diameter, 0.6 metres high. Robbed and crowned with a modern stone heap.

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

Large cairn visible on Royal Air Force 1946 aerial photograph.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 38, 70 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

B12. Embanked stone circle; annular bank of earth and/or stones with inner kerb of orthostats. Measures 15.0 metres in diameter internally with bank 2.0 metres wide and 0.5 meters high with a cairn in the centre, 9.0 metres in diameter and 1.1 metres in height. The west and south sides have been disturbed.

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

Parnell's Hill '2' at SX69146500. Cairn of 24 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 Investigation on 9th July 1951. Cairn 'B' at SX 69156497. The remains of a large cairn now much despoiled, the remaining stones being partly overgrown. There is no trace of a cist. Diameter 21.0 metres, height at highest point 1.5
metres.
Field Investigation on 23rd October 1980. There are two certain cairns occupying a crest position at 370 metrees OD on a southern spur of Grippers Hill, both partly grass covered.
Cairn 'B'at SX 69146500. A cairn measuring 22.0 metres in diameter and 1.5 metres high including a complete rim 0.6 metres high and 2.2 metres wide. A modern cairn has been built slightly off centre, where there is much mutilation.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4268-4269.
SDV147533Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1948. RAF/CPE/UK/2494. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 3112-3.
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. 38, 70.
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: #95973 ]
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

MDV5802Related to: Ring 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 12:17PM