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HER Number:MDV61330
Name:Prehistoric Round Cairn on Black Down,Okehampton Hamlets

Summary

Prehistoric round cairn on Black Down to the west of Moor Brook

Location

Grid Reference:SX 584 923
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/205
  • Old SAM Ref: 28749

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152177 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 21st June 1999. Round cairn on Black Down standing 410 metres south-west of Anthony Stile.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 215, Map 42 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Cairns on Okehampton Common. Pitted cairn (5) on Black Down overlooking Moor Brook at 7.5 metres diameter by 0.8 metres high.


Wessex Archaeology, 2001, Okehampton Camp Devon. Archaeological Desk Based Assessment and Earthwork Survey, 7, Appendix 1 (Report - Survey). SDV360511.

Bronze Age cairn on Black Down of 8 metres diameter by 0.8 metres high. The cairn lies circa 400 metres south of the Camp. It is situated on a slight shelf overlooking Moor Brook. A hollow in the centre 2.5 by 2 metres could be the result of antiquarian excavation or military activity.


Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Feature visible on aerial photograph.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1019226 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

The monument includes a round cairn situated on Black Down on a narrow shelf on a steep east facing slope overlooking the valley of the Moor Brook. The cairn measures 8 metres in diameter and stands up to 0.8 metres high. A hollow in the centre of the mound represents the site of an early investigation. A further narrow trench cut next to the north western side of the mound is probably the result of historic military interference.

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. 215, Map 42.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152177.
SDV360511Report - Survey: Wessex Archaeology. 2001. Okehampton Camp Devon. Archaeological Desk Based Assessment and Earthwork Survey. Wessex Archaeology Report. 50171. A4 Comb Bound. 7, Appendix 1.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1019226.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital). [Mapped feature: #113703 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV61331Related to: Military Trench cutting into a Prehistoric Round Cairn, Okehampton Hamlets (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7620 - Okehampton Artillary Range
  • EDV8007 - Okehampton Camp Devon: Archaeological Desk-based Assessment and Earthwork Survey (Ref: 50171.01)

Date Last Edited:Jan 18 2019 12:50PM