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HER Number:MDV6211
Name:Cairn on Gidleigh Common


One of a pair of cairns on the eastern edge of Gidleigh Common. Scheduled. Cairn measures 10 metres in diameter and roughly 0.7 metres in height. 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/90
  • 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.

Two cairns; probably the two objects (kists?) shown by Crawford (1950).
Cairn at SX65758774, diameter 12.0 metres, height 0.5 metres. Turf-covered with signs of central disturbance (1974).

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

(Estimated 1976) Cairn situated 23 metres north-east of cairn at SX65748774. Diameter 10 metres height 0.7 metres. Has been disturbed.

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

(Visited 27/3/1977) Cairn disturbed. Diameter 10 metres, and height 0.7 metres.

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

Visible and recorded.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 149055, (6/2/1998) (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Northern of two round cairns 390 metres west-north-west of Scorhill Farm.
Round cairn diameter 12 metres, height 0.6 metres. A robbing pit south of centre is 2.5 metres long, 1.8 metres wide by 0.3 metres deep and is orientated at 120 degrees. Another on the east-south-east side is 2.5 metres by 1.0 metres by 0.3 metres deep and orientated at 200 degrees. Many stones protruding through turf. Relatively flat topped mound.

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

Cairn is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

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.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 149055, (6/2/1998).
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: #96944 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV6201Related to: Round cairn on Gidleigh Common (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 15 2015 12:52PM