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HER Number:MDV5832
Name:Cairn 190 metres west of Archerton


Remains of a cairn, visible as a turf covered stony mound.


Grid Reference:SX 635 791
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/1
  • Old SAM Ref: 34488

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Untitled Source (Unknown). SDV265249.

Platform circle. Ring of kerb stones, 5.8m internal diam, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.3m high. Much disturbed.

Untitled Source (Unknown). SDV265252.

SX63497919. Remains of a cairn, visible as a turf covered stony mound. The NE quadrant is robbed out but around the rest of the periphery are parts of a kerb of small boulders, some set on edge, giving a diameter of 6.5m NW-SE. Maximum height 0.6m in the SW quadrant, but elsewhere the interior is badly robbed.

Prowse, A. B., 1891, The Ancient Metropolis of Dartmoor, 314 (Article in Serial). SDV245176.

Ordnance Survey, 1950, SX67NW4 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV265246.

Cairn. Turf covered, hollowed in the centre, badly mutilated. Height 0.4m, diameter 7.0m.

RAF, 1951, 540/483/4047-4048 (Aerial Photograph). SDV265258.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 147 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Diameter 6.5m, height 0.3m. Mutilated cairn with retaining circle of which 8 stones remain visible.

Ordnance Survey, 1978, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV265250.

Mutilated cairn, 6m. Diameter, 0.4m. High. Five stones which protrude through the turf may be the remains of a peristalith. There is no other cairn in the immediate vicinity.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

SX63507915; a turf covered cairn hollowed and badly mutilated is 0.4m high and 7.0m in diameter. Just visible on 1951 RAF AP.

RCHME, 1989, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV265253.

An upright stone about 1m SW of the centre may be the NW end stone of a cist. It is 0.4m wide NE-SW, 0.1m thick and protrudes 0.1m from the turf, with a slight hollow to the SE.

Sainsbury, I. S., 1989, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV321134.

From the NE southwards around to the SW there appears to be a slight outer platform almost certainly debris from robbing. Prowse's map is accurate and shows this cairn in its correct position.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 74 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Other details: E14.

Ancient Monuments, 2004, Untitled Source (Schedule Document). SDV320270.

Sources / Further Reading

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. 74.
SDV245176Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1891. The Ancient Metropolis of Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 23. 314.
SDV265246Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. 1950. SX67NW4.
SDV265250Site Visit: Ordnance Survey. 1978.
SDV265253Site Visit: RCHME. 1989.
SDV265258Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1951. 540/483/4047-4048.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 147.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV320270Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 2004.
SDV321134Site Visit: Sainsbury, I. S.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation.

Associated Monuments

MDV19983Parent of: Unlikely cairn on Chittaford Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV620 - OSA=SX67NW4
  • EDV621 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV622 - RCHME Field Investigation
  • EDV623 - Unnamed Event
  • EDV624 - Unnamed Event

Date Last Edited:May 15 2018 11:58AM