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HER Number:MDV6201
Name:Round cairn on Gidleigh Common


One of a pair of cairns on the eastern edge of Gidleigh Common. Scheduled. Round cairn with two kerbs, 7.5 metres and 9.5 metres in diameter. Central disturbance.


Grid Reference:SX 657 877
Map Sheet:SX68NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishGidleigh
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishGIDLEIGH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NE/80
  • Old SAM Ref: 28702

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1974, SX68NE31 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV234397.

Turf covered cairn at SX65738772, diameter 14.0 metres, height 0.6 metres. Kerb stones protrude from ground level to 0.4 metres high on the southern side, with evidence of a second inner ring. Digging has occurred in the central area.

Turner, J. L., 1976, Two simple forms of passage graves on Gidleigh Common (Un-published). SDV234398.

Cairn with two stone rings. Outer ring, 9.1 metres in diameter only a few stones visible, tallest stone standing 0.4 metres high. Inner ring, 7.4 metres in diameter, almost complete, tallest stone 0.54 metres high. Cairn 0.8 metres high and has been disturbed. Centre has been dug into.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 139/Gidleigh 4 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Visited 27/3/1977) Cairn disturbed with inner and outer retaining circles, the latter 7.3 metres in diameter. Diameter 9.1 metres, height 0.8 metres.

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

Visible and recorded.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 83 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Indication of a double stone ring/ring cairn beneath cairn.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 149054 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Southern of two round cairns 390 metres west-north-west of Scorhill Farm. Round cairn 11.7 metres by 0.75 metres high.
Central pit 2.5 metres by 1.7 metres by 0.25 metres deep. Two kerbs within mound are 1.0 metre apart and survive particularly well in the s sector. Inner is 7.5 metres in diameter and the outer is 9.5 metres in diameter. Stones in outer kerb are up to 0.35 metres high, whilst those in the inner are up to 0.5 metres high. Many stones protruding through turf. Grass, heather and gorse. Relatively flat topped mound.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Cairn is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 83.
SDV234397Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1974. SX68NE31. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV234398Un-published: Turner, J. L.. 1976. Two simple forms of passage graves on Gidleigh Common. Digital.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 139/Gidleigh 4.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 149054.
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.
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #96912 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6211Related to: Cairn on Gidleigh Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2015 12:52PM