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

Summary

Turf and gorse covered cairn. It is approximately 6.0m in diameter with a maximum height of 0.35m. 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 E end. A single upright slab 0.9m long by 0.4m wide and 0.35m high lies on the N margin of the cairn.

Location

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 systems around Huccaby Rings and deserted Coxlake farmstead as well as the Brimpts Tin Mine leat

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset (Evidential): NI Site
  • National Monuments Record: SX67NW51
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442660
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/76
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW51

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

Ruins of a cist within a ruined mound and the remains of a 20 ft diameter retaining circle.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1951/1979, SX67NW51 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346707.

(23/11/1951) Cist, site of cist, remains in very poor condition, with remains of a retaining circle. Diameter 6.1 metres.
(14/12/1979) SX 63847572.On a slight southern slope at 365m. O.D is a cairn measuring 5.0m. in diameter and 0.3m. high. A single stone is set on edge on the N.W. perimeter. In the centre of the cairn, which has been disturbed, there is a stone, 0.4m.long, possibly the end stone of a cist.
Surveyed at 1:10 000 and at 1:2500 for A.O. Records.

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 on aerial photograph.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, S. A.. J. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(22/06/1989) At SX 63857573 on a gentle S facing moorland slope lies a turf and gorse covered cairn. It is approximately 6.0m in diameter with a maximum height of 0.35m. 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 E end.
A single upright slab 0.9m long by 0.4m wide and 0.35m high lies on the N margin of the cairn.

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.

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.
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.
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. 1951/1979. SX67NW51. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. S. A.. J. Probert.

Associated Monuments

MDV5952Related to: Cairn and cist north-east of Smith Hill Farm (Monument)
MDV5889Related to: Cairn south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5888Related to: Cist and cairn south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5890Related to: Cist and cairn south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5951Related to: Hut circle south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV5891Related to: Robbed cist south-west of Bellever Tor (Monument)
MDV27670Related to: Settlement north-east of Smith Hill Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8640 - Spaders and Muddilake and Smith Hill Newtakes, Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Mar 4 2022 4:00PM