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HER Number:MDV6250
Name:Cairn circle 280 metres south of Roundhill Farm

Summary

Remains of a cairn circle, 280 metres south of Roundhill Farm. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites. The cairn is now visible as a short length of the eastern kerb, represented by an almost buried line of smallish boulders 0.1 meters high. These indicate a diameter of about 6.0 metres. A group of three randomly spaced upright stones each around 0.15 meters wide and 0.16 meters high within the kerb may mark the position of one of the two cists. The visual impact of the site is very poor.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 606 739
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a Bronze Age cairn, 280 metres south of Roundhill Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/19
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Prowse, A. B., 1901, The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor, 497 (Article in Serial). SDV233834.

Cairn with retaining circle. Remnant of a small cairn enclosing portions of two kists side by side, level with the surface and nearly filled up with soil. Western kist has two side stones upright, the other has only the eastern side stone in place. The long axis is north-west by north and south-east by south.


Worth, R. H., 1912, 31st Report of the Barrow Committee, 85 (Article in Serial). SDV233835.


Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1980, SX67SW16 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV233836.

Retaining circle can be traced for greater part of its circuit and eleven stones were found. What must be the eastern most slab of eastern kist still projects a little way above turf, which covers whole area. But other slabs are apparently buried now. The general condition of the cairn which measures 5.5 meters in diameter is poor. (4/9/1950)
The remains of a cairn at 358m above sea level (at SX60657395), in extremely poor condition, so that apart from two stones on the western side only the eastern half is visible. This has nine stones forming a kerb approximating 5.5 meters in diameter and 0.2 meters high with a narrow band of internal stones. The cists recorded by Prowse are not now visible and are presumably silted up or completely removed and dispersed. (28/1/1980) Other details: Including plan.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 152 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Cairn located south of Roundhill Farm, measuring 6.0 meters in diameter and 0.15 meters in height. Described by Prowse as a cairn enclosing two cists, side by side level with surface, each placed south-south-east by north-north-west; these are not now visible and have not been confirmed by any other observer. Visited on 25/7/1976.


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

Visible and recorded.


Fletcher, M. J., 1988, Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England (Report - Survey). SDV214888.

The faint traces of this cairn circle are situated on a se-facing slope on a slight, level shelf beneath a large granite outcrop (at SX60657395). The area is covered by scattered earthfast boulders and the site lies under blanket peat and reed cover, the overflow from an adjacent marshy area. The cairn is now visible as a short length of the eastern kerb, represented by an almost buried line of smallish boulders 0.1 meters high. These indicate a diameter of about 6.0 metres. A group of three randomly spaced upright stones each around 0.15 meters wide and 0.16 meters high within the kerb may mark the position of one of the two cists. The visual impact of the site is very poor.


Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 230-1, 249-50, Map 65.4 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Beside the track 150 metres north-east of the group of three cists beside the Blackbrook River (MDV6252-4), is a small multiple cairn circle. The burial mound has gone completely revealing some 25 stones on edge barely higher than the turf arranged in at least four concentric rings, the outer one about 7 metres across. Its position corresponds to the cairn mentioned by Prowse in 1901 which he describes as containing two cists side by side but nothing of these is to be seen.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.


English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper).
SDV214888Report - Survey: Fletcher, M. J.. 1988. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV233834Article in Serial: Prowse, A. B.. 1901. The Antiquities of Ockery and Roundhill, Dartmoor. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Unknown. 497.
SDV233835Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1912. 31st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 44. Unknown. 85.
SDV233836Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1980. SX67SW16. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 152.
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.
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. 230-1, 249-50, Map 65.4.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97038 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6252Related to: Blackbrook, East Cist (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 27 2017 2:02PM