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HER Number:MDV5872
Name:Ring cairn


cairn + cist forming part of a ritual complex on lakehead hill


Grid Reference:SX 645 776
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/28/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 886
  • Old SAM Ref: 28687.4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description


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

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

Small orthostatic circle, diam 6.7m, with central cist and restored stone row (turner).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV1004.

Vis=7/9/1972 (grinsell) diameter 6.7m, height only slight. Situated in clearing of bellever plantation, lakehead hill. Slight cairn with retaining circle enclosing cist placed se/nw, with stone row descending to east. Whole site restored, too drastically c.1895 (grinsell).

Burnard, R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV160759.

Burnard (1898) reports no trace of a circle (burnard).

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

Vis=8/1/1952 (os) cist surrounded by stone circle, 6.5m diam. Stone row extends to its e (os).

LAKEHEAD BELLEVER LAUGHTER, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV248968.

Ring cairn with cist. Marked on os 6" map. Included in 1955 spooner/dixon report: (lakehead bellever laughter), site no.7. Site no.14a in bellever plantation, lakehead (with sketch map) in dnp field report.

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264760.

Not visible on raf 1945 ap (rchm app 1985).

AM, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV264762.

Vis=4/3/1971 (ancient monuments) cairn mound is largely eroded away but six kerb stones are preserved in situ. Cist in centre (am).

NMR CITING OS, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV264764.

Vis=19/11/1979 (os) cairn circle enclosing cist. Now no trace of a cairn or barrow. Cairn consists of 6 upright slabs averaging 0.6m by 0.2m by 0.4m high. It is complete and would appear to be sub-oval and c.8m by 6.5m. One large stone, possibly displaced, lies within the circle (nmr citing os).

NMR CITING NEWMAN, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV264766.

Vis=22/11/1993 (rchm) six upright slabs surrounding cist, forming incomplete circle of 8m diam. Displaced slab, 0.8m by 0.5m lies within circle on w side. An erosion hollow has formed on w side between cist + circle (nmr citing newman).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264769.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264770.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264771.

Worth, r. H. /tda/68(1936)50/fifty-fifth report on barrows.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264772.

Tda/28(1896)182/third report of the dartmoor exploration committee.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264773.

Birkett dixon, c. E. /tda/84(1952)252/seventieth report on barrows, no.68.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264774.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264775.

Burnard, r. /tda/30(1898) 77-78.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264776.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)42 71/ring cairns, stone circles and related monuments on dartmoor/d6.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264777.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264778.

Des=newman, p. /(22/11/1993)/rchme field investigation.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264779.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV264780.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV1004Migrated Record:
SDV160759Migrated Record: Burnard, R..
SDV24Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV264760Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV264762Report - Survey: AM.
SDV264764Report - Survey: NMR CITING OS.
SDV264766Report - Survey: NMR CITING NEWMAN.
SDV264769Migrated Record:
SDV264770Migrated Record:
SDV264771Migrated Record:
SDV264772Migrated Record:
SDV264773Migrated Record:
SDV264774Migrated Record:
SDV264775Migrated Record:
SDV264776Migrated Record:
SDV264777Migrated Record:
SDV264778Migrated Record:
SDV264779Migrated Record:
SDV264780Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

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:May 22 2015 2:39PM