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HER Number:MDV61778
Name:Cairn or Chambered Tomb north-east of Saddle Tor, Ilsington


A possible chambered tomb adjacent to the headmire of the River Sig consisting of an earthen mound with several orthostats suggesting a chamber.


Grid Reference:SX 757 764
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and stone walls of a Bronze age parallel reave system on Haytor Down with a number of hut circle settlements, enclosures and prehistoric cairns, plus 19th century Bagtor Tin Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX77NE65
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1221517
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/259

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Fleming, A., 1978, The Prehistoric Landscape of Dartmoor. Part 1: South Dartmoor (Article in Serial). SDV235265.

Butler, J., 1983, Haytor Chambered Tomb, 227 (Article in Serial). SDV320259.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 21, Map 1 - f (Monograph). SDV299725.

Haytor chambered tomb to the west of the Haytor track. Circular mound circa 4 metres diameter surrounds a rectangular chamber, circa 3 metres by 1.4 metres, tapering slightly towards one end, partially filled with soil. One of pair of larger slabs at entrance on downhill edge of mound has collapsed inwards, the other stands c irca 1 metre above interior. Most of slabs forming sides of chamber appear in place but capstones have been removed. Entrance oriented south of east.

Newman, P., 1999, 2002, Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon (Revised), 4, Figure 2 (Report - Survey). SDV346395.

A possible chambered tomb lies close to the edge of the head mire on the western side of thr River Lemon at SX75637640. The site was first recorded in 1978 and consists of an earthen mound within which are set several orthostats aligned to suggest a chamber.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 2002, Haytor Down: The Archaeology (Plan - measured). SDV359685.

Feature shown as a small red dot on survey closer to the position suggested by Butler than the Grid Reference given by Newman.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV235265Article in Serial: Fleming, A.. 1978. The Prehistoric Landscape of Dartmoor. Part 1: South Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 44. Unknown.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 21, Map 1 - f.
SDV320259Article in Serial: Butler, J.. 1983. Haytor Chambered Tomb. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. 49. 227.
SDV346395Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 1999, 2002. Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon (Revised). Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A1/2/1999. A4 Spiral Bound. 4, Figure 2.
SDV359685Plan - measured: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 2002. Haytor Down: The Archaeology. A1 Folded.

Associated Monuments

MDV19669Related to: Ilsington, Blacksmith's Shop (Building)
MDV26614Related to: Saddle Tor and Haytor parallel reave system (Monument)
MDV8096Related to: Settlement on Bagtor Down, Ilsington (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7021 - Haytor Down: Survey Report (Ref: A1/2/1999)

Date Last Edited:May 26 2022 11:55AM