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HER Number:MDV5950
Name:Cairn 8 south-west of Bellever Tor


Prehistoric Cairn 8 with the remains of a cist which is one of ten cairns to the south-west of Bellever Tor


Grid Reference:SX 638 757
Map Sheet:SX67NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Remains of prehistoric field systems and hut circle settlements, as well as funerary monuments above the Cherry Brook Valley, medieval field system west of Outer Huccaby Ring and deserted Coxlake farmstead as well as the Brimpts Tin Mine leat

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442660
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/76
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW51
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • 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.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1951, SX67NW51 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346707.

Cist, site of cist, remains in very poor condition, with remains of a retaining circle. Diameter 6.1 metres.

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

Site visited on 12th September 1972. Diameter 6.0 metres. No trace found of this, the fifth cairn at 'Black Newtake' to the south-west of Bellever Tor. Shown as 'Site of Cist' on Ordnance survey map. Formerly recorded as a mound or cairn with retaining circle and wreck of cist. Other details: Lydford 64.

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

Not visible aerial photograph.

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

Turf and gorse covered cairn. Approximately 6 metres in diameter with a maximum height of 0.35 metres. A depression in the top possibly marks the site of a cist with one large leaning or recumbent stone detectable under the turf at the east end.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 42, 71, Fig. 25 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

D7. Small orthostatic circle, diameter 6.5 metres, with central cist. Only one stone remains. Part of group with similar thin rectangular slabs, now eroded.

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 8 is in Black Newtake to the south of Cairns 6 and 7. The cist of this cairn was described as an imperfect ruin in 1890 and only a few scattered stones mark its approximate site. Other details: Map 27, Site 20, Figure 27.14, Cairn 8.

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

Cairns north-east of Smith Hill were considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 108.

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

Circular outline shown.

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

Outline shown.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442660 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346708.

Site visited on 14th December 1979. Cairn measuring 5 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres high. A single stone is set on edge on the north-west perimeter. In the centre of the cairn, which has been disturbed, there is a stone, 0.4 metres long, possibly the end stone of a cist.
A single upright slab 0.9 metres by 0.4 metres by 0.35 metres high lies on the northern margin of the cairn (citing Probert).

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

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

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. 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. 42, 71, 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: #96431 ]
SDV346612Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346707Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1951. SX67NW51. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346708National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442660. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV5889Related to: Cairn 5 south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5951Related to: Cairn 7 or Hut Circle south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5952Related to: Cairn and Cist north-east of Smith Hill Farm (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)
MDV27670Related to: Settlement north-east of Smith Hill Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 18 2013 10:21AM