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HER Number:MDV59307
Name:Clearance cairns on Throwleigh Common


A number of mounds in this area of the field system are thought most likely to represent clearance cairns.


Grid Reference:SX 654 904
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/26/29
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SE/26/30
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SE/26/32
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SE/26/33
  • Old SAM Ref: 28694
  • Old SAM Ref: 28694
  • Pastscape: 1476178

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 148963, 148965-8, 10/4/1997 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Cairns lying within the coaxial field system on Throwleigh Common.
(MPP 148963) At SX 6536 9068. Clearance cairn 0.6 metres high, 4 metres long, 2.8 metres wide
(MPP148965) At SX6544 9056. Clearance cairn. Diameter 4.0 metres, height 0.6 metres. Dense gorse cover.
(MPP148966) At SX6544 9055. Clearance cairn. Diameter 5.5 metres, height 0.8 metres. Grass and gorse cover.
(MPP148967) At SX6541 9053. Cairn. 0.7 metres high, 7 metres long, 4 metres wide. North-east side of this mound is cut by a track. Grass and gorse cover.
(MPP 148968) At SX6554 9044. Cairn. Diameter 7.0 metres, height 0.6 metres. Field boundary appears to overlie the cairn. On the north-east side the mound has been eroded exposing what may the remnants of a kerb of relatively small stones.

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 the 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. MPP 148963, 148965-8, 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 features: #96414 ; #96415 ; #96416 ; #96417 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV59305Related to: Cairn 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 10:38AM