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HER Number:MDV5951
Name:Cairn 7 or Hut Circle south-west of Bellever Tor


Prehistoric Cairn 7 or hut circle to the south-west of Bellever Tor. As Cairn 7 it would be one of ten Bellever Tor cairns


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: 442657
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NW/77
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX67NW50
  • 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, 1305-6 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1951, SX67NW50 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV346710.

Cairn now consists of a slight mound surrounded by a shallow ditch. Previously one stone of retaining circle visible at north-east and hollow in the centre of the mound showed a partly buried stone and some very much smaller pieces of granite. Diameter 5.0 metres, height 0.5 metres.

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

Site visited on 12th september 1972. Fourth cairn at 'Black Newtake' to the south-west of Bellever Tor. Diameter 11.0 metres, height 0.3 metres. Traces of cairn or possibly hut circle.

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

Large cairn clearly visible aerial photograph.

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

Lies within a field system.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 32, 68, Fig. 25 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Stone ring, 10 metres diameter with bank 1.7 metres wide and 0.5 metres high. Surrounded by a ditch 2 metres wide and 0.5 metres deep with a causeway at the 1.4 metres wide entrance on south side. Other details: Figure 25, A 40.

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 7 is a doubtful site but similar to ring Cairn 4 with an outer diameter of 13 metres. A trench cuts through the bank on the south side andf the interior seems to have been scooped out, presumably a source of stone. A surprising feature is the shallow ditch outside the bank which must be of a comparatively recent date. Other details: Map 27, Site 20, Figure 27.14, Cairn 7.

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

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

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

Shown as a small circular feature.

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

Within an oval outline.

National Monuments Record, 2011, 442657 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV346711.

Site visited on 20th December 1979. On a slight south slope and within a field system is the scrub-covered remains of what is probably not a cairn but a hut circle of Type 1 probably robbed for the nearby Newtake wall. It has an internal diameter of 8.5 metres, with a heather-covered earth and small-stone perimeter bank 3.2 metres wide and 0.6 metres high and an entrance gap 1.5 metres wide in the south. The interior is stone free and turf covered.

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

Shown as 'Hut Circle' on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1305-6.
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. 32, 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.
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: #96433 ]
SDV346612Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX67NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV346710Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1951. SX67NW50. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV346711National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2011. 442657. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV5889Related to: Cairn 5 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)
MDV27670Related to: Settlement north-east of Smith Hill Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Sep 2 2013 3:58PM