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HER Number:MDV5991
Name:Cairn on Hamel Down

Summary

A circular mound situated on the moderate western slope of Hameldown, measuring 13 metres in diameter. It lies within an abandoned field and may be connected with field clearance, although its regularity and size, if not its position are more convincing as a prehistoric burial mound.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 699 790
Map Sheet:SX67NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 NE 36
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67NE/16
  • Old SAM County Ref: 518
  • Pastscape: 442484

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Shorter, A. H., 1938, Ancient Fields in Manaton Parish, 183-9/map (Article in Serial). SDV289514.


Royal Air Force, 1950, RAF RP541/540, 3144-3145 (Aerial Photograph). SDV290988.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX67NE36, 27/4/1953 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV298279.

On the steep western flanks of Hamel Down are traces of field-banks and a heather covered bowl barrow or possibly a turf-grown cairn, diameter 10 metres, height 1.5 metres. This area is covered with numerous tiny cairns the largest of which is 1.5 metres in diameter, 0.20 metres high, protruding above thick heather.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Interpretation). SDV319854.

Visible on Royal Air Force 1950 aerial photograph.


Robinson, R., 1986, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986 (Un-published). SDV345664.

Vested 6/3/1986 and 6/8/1986.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Visible on the aerial photography.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 12/06/1990 (Website). SDV360651.

SX 6998 7907. A circular mound situated on the moderate western slope of Hameldown.
The mound, covered in heather, whortleberry and bracken, measures 13.5 metres north-south by 13.2 metres and stands highest on the western arc at 1-1.3 metres; the eastern arc is lower, between 0.5 and 0.9 metres. It has a flattish top 7.3 metres across with slight disturbance caused by burrowing animals. It appears to be composed of small stones and earth.
Two minor, tongue-shaped 'trenches' are cut into the north-west and south-east sides respectively: their purpose is obscure but not determined enough to cause major damage.
It lies within an abandoned field (see SX 67 NE 111) and may be connected with field clearance. However its regularity and size, if not its position (although it does command extensive views from south-west through west to north) are more convincing as a prehistoric burial mound.
Surveyed at 1:2500, with SX 67 NE 111 (citing Pattison, P., 12/06/1990, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV289514Article in Serial: Shorter, A. H.. 1938. Ancient Fields in Manaton Parish. Antiquity. 12. 183-9/map.
SDV290988Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1950. RAF RP541/540. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 3144-3145.
SDV298279Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX67NE36. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. 27/4/1953.
SDV319854Interpretation: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV345664Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1986. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #112083 ]
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 12/06/1990.

Associated Monuments

MDV6104Related to: FIELD SYSTEM in the Parish of Manaton (Monument)
MDV15084Related to: South Hameldon Reave (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Jun 26 2018 2:11PM