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HER Number:MDV5869
Name:Ring cairn in Bellever Forest


Ring cairn.(diam 5.95m, n. End stone heig 0.45m, widt 1.0m, thic 0.2m) marked on os 6in map. Included in 1955 spooner/dixon report: (lakehead bellever laughter), site no.10. Site no.10a in bellever plantation, lakehead (with sketch map) in dnp field report (dnp).


Grid Reference:SX 643 777
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/27
  • Old SAM County Ref: 454C
  • Old SAM Ref: 28687

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


Vis=est -/-/1997 (gerrard, s. ) ring cairn forming part of a ritual complex on lakehead hill (mpp).

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Platform circle. Ring of kerbstones, 5.8m internal diam, enclosing flat-topped cairn 0.25m high. Material from cairn lies outside circle on w side (turner).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=7/9/1972 (grinsell) diameter 6.0m, height is slight. A kerb circle containing the slightest traces of cairn on lakehead hill(grinsell).

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV24.

Vis=8/1/1952 (os) said to be another cairn circle c 183m further west as well but no trace found. Cairn surveyed, 6.5m diameter.

DNP, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262477.

Ring cairn.(diam 5.95m, n. End stone heig 0.45m, widt 1.0m, thic 0.2m) marked on os 6in map. Included in 1955 spooner/dixon report: (lakehead bellever laughter), site no.10. Site no.10a in bellever plantation, lakehead (with sketch map) in dnp field report (dnp).

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV262481.

Vis=16/11/1979 (os) cairn circle. Diam 6.1m. It is planned by worth, save for 2 additional stones within the circle and a turf covered mound near the centre measuring 1.2m by 1.5m and 0.2m high. This seems to conceal stones and may be the remains of a cairn, may (sic) a band of displaced rubble to w of the perimeter (nmr citing os).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262483.

Not visible on raf 1951 ap (rchm app 1985).

NMR CITING NEWMAN, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV262486.

Vis=22/11/1993 (rchm) a cairn circle, sited on the gentle northern slops of lakehead hill in an area of grassland and scrub. The circle is formed from 11 upright stones, plus 2 leaning stones. All are set on their edge and are on average 0.2m thick, up to 1m wide, and the tallest stands to 0.4m. Several others are apparently missing. On the sw section 5 of the stones are spaced only 0.2m apart to form a kerb, others are spaced up to 0.6m apart. There is a turf mound located in the centre of the monument with a maximum diameter of 1.2m by 0.25m high. A stony, linear mound on the sw exterior is probably spoil from the cairn, removed during investigations by early barrow diggers. The ground in the vicinity is mostly level with only slight undulations on the se exterior. A gentle scarp 1.5m n of the circle forms the edge of a modern track. Site surveyed and described by butler in 1991 (nmr citing newman).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262489.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262490.

Worth, r. H. /tda/68(1936)49,pl.4,5,/55th report on barrows/plan pl. Vi.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262491.

Dnp/conservation of ancient monuments ms field report(1976).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262492.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)149.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262493.

Brailsford, j. W. /antiquity/12(1938)447/bronze age stone monuments on dartmoor.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262494.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)74/e16.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262495.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities - the north/2(1991)50;fig 27.13.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262496.

Hemery, e. /high dartmoor/(1983)484.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262497.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262498.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV262499.

Des=gerrard, s. /(9/7/1997)/as above.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 2014, Bellever: An Archaeological Landscape (Leaflet). SDV357070.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV262477Migrated Record: DNP.
SDV262481Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV262483Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV262486Report - Survey: NMR CITING NEWMAN.
SDV262489Migrated Record:
SDV262490Migrated Record:
SDV262491Migrated Record:
SDV262492Migrated Record:
SDV262493Migrated Record:
SDV262494Migrated Record:
SDV262495Migrated Record:
SDV262496Migrated Record:
SDV262497Migrated Record:
SDV262498Migrated Record:
SDV262499Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV357070Leaflet: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 2014. Bellever: An Archaeological Landscape. Dartmoor National Park Authority Publication. A5 Stapled.
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..

Associated Monuments

MDV5930Related to: Stone alignment on Lakehead Hill (Monument)
MDV5873Related to: Stone alignment with cist on Lakehead Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7388 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7406 - Archaeological condition survey in Bellever Woods
  • EDV7431 - Woodland Survey (1989-90) at Bellever, Soussons and other woodland parcels

Date Last Edited:Sep 8 2014 10:06AM