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HER Number:MDV5978
Name:Cairn on Cator Common


Cairn, hollow towards centre. Retaining circle of c.28 upright slabs, mostly turned inwards. Diameter 18.0m, height 0.6m.


Grid Reference:SX 674 779
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/3
  • Old SAM County Ref: 1007B

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • RING CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298940.

Ring cairn, containing tumulus.

ANCIENT MONUMENTS, REES, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV298941.

Vis=4/5/1977 (ancient monuments, rees). Cairn 6: 15 feet diameter, 3 feet high, of small stones overgrown with gorse and heather on unenclosed moorland.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV298942.

Vis=18/6/1972 (grinsell) cairn, hollow towards centre. Retaining circle of c.28 upright slabs, mostly turned inwards. Diameter 18.0m, height 0.6m. Cairn is on cator common (osa).

RCHM APP 1985, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298943.

The cairn and the ring cairn are very clearly visible on raf 1951 ap (rchm app 1985).

CRAWFORD CITING BRITON, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298945.

Stone circle containing the tumulus is almost exactly like the one half mile north (crawford citing briton) (osa).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298946.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298947.

Grinsell, l. V. /pdas/36(1978)176.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV298948.

Aph=raf 540/483/3041-3042(24/4/1951).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298949.

Dcra widecombe survey/(1979)vol v 959.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298950.

Turner, j. R. /pdas/48(1990)38-9 60 70 fig 12/ring cairns, stone circles and related monuments on dartmoor/b3.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV298951.

Des=os 6"(1906).

Turner, J. R., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV37204.

Turner describes this site as an embanked circle; an annular bank or earth and/or stones with an inner edge of orthostats. Inner diam 13.8 with bank 1.5m wide and 0.5m high. May have been altered in antiquity with one third of the circumference of the inner kerb masked by a bank similar to a ring cairn. Stones lean inwards. Much disturbed (turner).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV298940Migrated Record:
SDV298941Report - Survey: ANCIENT MONUMENTS, REES.
SDV298942Report - Survey: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division.
SDV298943Migrated Record: RCHM APP 1985.
SDV298946Migrated Record:
SDV298947Migrated Record:
SDV298948Aerial Photograph:
SDV298949Migrated Record:
SDV298950Migrated Record:
SDV298951Migrated Record:
SDV37204Migrated Record: Turner, J. R..

Associated Monuments

MDV6008Related to: Ring Cairn on Cator Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2015 12:43PM