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HER Number:MDV6160
Name:'Barrow' on Shovel Down, Gidleigh


Previously identified as a barrow by Worth, this is now identified as part of the reave.


Grid Reference:SX 659 859
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishChagford
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68NE48
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/43/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 144
  • Old SAM Ref: 28663
  • Pastscape: 443622

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))
  • REAVE (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Wilkinson, J. G., 1860, The Rock-Basins of Dartmoor, and Some British Remains in England, plate 6 (Article in Serial). SDV273188.

Wilkinson appears to have noted these stones, they are marked on his plan, but not as a feature, they appear to form part of a "boundary line", which would seem to be the reave mentioned above.

Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor (Monograph). SDV231148.

Worth mentions a small barrow approximately 20 metres south from the centre of 'Fourfold' cairn (MDV6158) on the alignment of a double stone row (MDV14875). On his plan it is described as a 'cairn'.

Worth, R. H., 1967, Worth's Dartmoor, 220 (Monograph). SDV337618.

Pettit, P., 1974, Prehistoric Dartmoor, 152 (Monograph). SDV231149.

Feature described by Pettit as "a small devastated cairn".

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1974, SX68NE48 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV274198.

SX65958599 Possible cairn recorded by Worth (1953), and later by Pettit (1974, 152).
16/7/1974 There is nothing on the ground which can be identified as a cairn though there has been no disturbance of the area in recent years.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1976, Report and plan of the Shovel Down stone rows, 13/8/1976 (Report - Survey). SDV274180.

The position given by Worth is readily identifiable, but there is nothing visible which could be reasonably interpreted as a cairn. There is however, some indication of a reave at this point (SX68NE/112).

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 179 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

'Cairn' south of Fourfold circle, now known to be part of reave.

National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape (Website). SDV360651.

SX 65958599 Possible site of cairn. There is no ground evidence to suggest the presence of the feature described by Worth (1967). The grid reference correlates with a point on the terminal reave of the Castor parallel system which traverses this area (citing Probert, S. A. J., 16/8/1991, Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume.
SDV231149Monograph: Pettit, P.. 1974. Prehistoric Dartmoor. Prehistoric Dartmoor. 152.
SDV273188Article in Serial: Wilkinson, J. G.. 1860. The Rock-Basins of Dartmoor, and Some British Remains in England. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 16. Unknown. plate 6.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 179.
SDV274180Report - Survey: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1976. Report and plan of the Shovel Down stone rows. dartmoor National Park Authority. Digital. 13/8/1976.
SDV274198Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1974. SX68NE48. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. [Mapped feature: #39491 ]
SDV337618Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1967. Worth's Dartmoor. Worth's Dartmoor. A5 Hardback. 220.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV14875Related to: Alignment C on Shovel Down (Monument)
MDV14879Related to: Reave on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)
MDV14877Related to: 'Reave' on Shovel Down, Gidleigh (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6198 - Geophysical Survey on Shovel Down and Kes Tor

Date Last Edited:Jul 23 2018 2:25PM