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HER Number:MDV59305
Name:Cairn on Throwleigh Common

Summary

Circular mound 7.5 metres diameter, almost flat and measures less than 0.5 metres high. Contains some but very little, visible stone. Only probable funerary cairn of the mounds in this area.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 654 906
Map Sheet:SX69SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishThrowleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTHROWLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 69 SE 66
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SE/26/28
  • Old SAM Ref: 28694
  • Pastscape: 1476178

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP148964, 10/4/1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

At SX 6536 9068. Cairn lying within the coaxial field system on Throwleigh Common. Clearance cairn diameter 6.5 metres, height 0.6 metres. Flat topped.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 198, Map 39.1 (Monograph). SDV219155.

On the other side of the hill, out of sight of the settlement but still within its boundaries, is a cairn cemetery which may well have been the burial ground for the hut dwellers. Five cairns 2.5 to 7.5 metres across but no more than 0.3 metres high can be found, together with a number of smaller mounds (not shown on plan). None appear to have been deliberately dug into though one has been damaged by a cart track.


Newman , P., 2007, Throwleigh Common, Throwleigh, Devon. A 'Premier Archaeological Landscape' within Dartmoor National Park Level 2 Survey Report, 5, figure (Report - Survey). SDV360261.

A number of mounds exist within the reave system on Throwleigh Common. Some are probably the result of clearance in this very stony terrain. The only strong candidate for a cairn is this example at SX 6542 9067. This is a circular mound of 7.5 metres diameter. It is almost flat at less than 0.5 metres high and contains some but very little, visible stone.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 198, Map 39.1.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP148964, 10/4/1997.
SDV360261Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2007. Throwleigh Common, Throwleigh, Devon. A 'Premier Archaeological Landscape' within Dartmoor National Park Level 2 Survey Report. English Heritage. 40/2007. A4 Bound. 5, figure. [Mapped feature: #96413 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV59307Related to: Clearance cairns on Throwleigh Common (Monument)
MDV27495Related to: Throwleigh Common parallel reave system (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7297 - Survey of Throwleigh Common Premier Archaeological Landscape

Date Last Edited:Jul 17 2017 10:44AM