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HER Number:MDV6247
Name:Possible feature by the Blackbrook River, Dartmoor Forest


Previously recorded by the Ordnance Survey in the 1950s as a possible cairn circle, more recent work in the area suggests this may not be an antiquity.


Grid Reference:SX 605 738
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Structural remains of a group of at least four prehistoric cists in an area of streamworking adjacent to the Blackbrook River

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SW19
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443286
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/17

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN CIRCLE? (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)

Full description

Prowse, A. B., 1901, The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor, 496 (Article in Serial). SDV233834.

An imperfect ring of stones five yards in diameter, which must at some time have encircled a kisvaen.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950/1980, SX67SW19 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV237316.

?Cairn circle. (Visited 4/9/1950) Remains of rough circle of stones, some completely earthbound lie in a diameter of roughly 5 metres. There is no sign of a cist in the centre, nor any indication that there ever was. There are no remains of an earthen mound. Condition fragmentary.
(13/01/1980) SX60517384 In a marshy area on the north edge of the Blackbrook River are some irregularly spaced boulders forming a rough circle 4.8 metres in diameter and 0.3 metres high. There is no cist or mound and the general appearance is that of a fortuitous arrangement rather than a cairn circle. Surveyed at 1:10 000 on MSD and at 1:2500 for AO Records.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1987-1993, Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit, M. J. Fletcher (Report - Survey). SDV350839.

(02/02/1988) The site lies on the north bank of the Blackbrook River approximately 1.2m above the water level and 16.0m to the SW of three cists (SX 67 SW 18). It is now only identifable as a c. 5m diameter patch of turf and moss surrounded by a thick carpet of reeds. A few stones are evident including two small uprights however the whole cannot now be recognised as a cairn circle.
A group of small boulders to the south lie on the river bank and others are scattered around the site.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 230, Map 65 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Not mentioned.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

MasterMap depicts a cairn here but this is probably based on the old Ordnance Survey maps.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV233834Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1901. The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Unknown. 496.
SDV237316Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950/1980. SX67SW19. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 230, Map 65.
SDV350839Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1987-1993. Duchy Farms Project Survey Visit. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. Unknown. M. J. Fletcher.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6254Related to: Blackbrook, South Cist, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8627 - Roundhill Farm Duchy Farms Survey
  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project
  • EDV8423 - Duchy Farms Project

Date Last Edited:Jun 13 2022 10:48AM