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HER Number:MDV5889
Name:Cairn 5 south-west of Bellever Tor


Prehistoric Cairn 5 one of ten to the south-west of Bellever Tor


Grid Reference:SX 638 760
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric ring cairn and cist with remains of retaining stone circle circa 650 metres south-west of Bellever Tor

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442648
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/254
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW47
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1938, 57th Report of the Barrow Committee, 62 (Article in Serial). SDV320309.

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 2465-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1951, SX67NW47 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346622.

A circular earthen and stone cairn covered in heather. Slightly hollowed in the centre where there are very small stones bared of earth. No sign of a cist. The condition is good.0.7 metres high.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6375, 2/321-9 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346613.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 150 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 12th September 1972. Second cairn of the five in 'Black Newtake' to the south-west of Bellever Tor. Diameter 11.0 metres, height 0.3 metres. A truncated cairn.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX67NW (Cartographic). SDV346612.

This cairn is very clearly visible as an area of darker vegetation on aerial photographs.

Probert, S. A. J., 1989, RCHME Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV234023.

Site visited on 22nd June 1989. Cairn visible as unbroken circular bank 11.5 metres in external diameter with a bank 2.4 to 3.7 metres wide by 0.75 metres high enclosing a flat platform circa 6 metres diameter and 0.5 metres above ground surface. Some small stones appear in the north and east margins, and several larger stones are visible on the platform. No trace of cist, and though the centre has been disturbed the platform and rim appear to be original features.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 68, Fig. 25 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

A50. Ring cairn in 'Black Newtake'. Infilled stone ring 7.3 metres internal diameter with bank 1.2 metres wide and 0.3 metres high. Infilled to 0.15 metres below the bank top.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 52 (Monograph). SDV219155.

The distribution of the surviving cairns on Bellever Tor is limited to the western and south-western slopes. There are ten Bellever Tor cairns. Cairn 4 is a ring cairn, a circular rubble bank about 11 metres across and 0.5 metres high surrounding an interior raised slightly above the outside ground surface. A single slab face the circle 4.5 metres away to the south-east. Other details: Map 27, Site 20, Figure 27.14.

Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

One of three cairns to the south-west of Bellever Tor which were considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 102.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Cairn shown.

Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.

Outline shown.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442648 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346623.

The remains of a ruined cairn with no evidence that it ever covered a cist.

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

'Cairn' shown as a circular feature on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2465-6.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 52.
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. 68, Fig. 25.
SDV234023Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 150.
SDV320309Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1938. 57th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 70. A5 Hardback. 62.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #96205 ]
SDV346612Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346613Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6375. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2/321-9.
SDV346622Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1951. SX67NW47. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346623National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442648. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV5951Related to: Cairn 7 or Hut Circle south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5950Related to: Cairn 8 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5888Related to: Cist and Cairn 3 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5890Related to: Cist and Cairn 6 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5891Related to: Cist of Cairn 10 to south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 18 2013 10:15AM