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HER Number:MDV63628
Name:Tor cairn on Peek Hill

Summary

Tor cairn on the summit of Peek Hill. Diameter 22 metres, height 1.5 metres. Tor on Peek Hill is surrounded by a ring of small stones. Survives best around the west side where it is 5.0 metres wide. The summit has the foundations of a concrete building measuring 4.2 metres by 2.1 metres. Grass cover noted during survey visit in 2000.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 556 699
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWalkhampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWALKHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 56 NE 186
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/643
  • Old SAM Ref: 24090
  • Pastscape: 439024

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

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

MPP 156876, 18/3/2000 (SX 5565 6995) Tor cairn on the summit of Peek Hill. Diameter 22 metres, height 1.5 metres. Tor on Peek Hill is surrounded by a ring of small stones. Survives best around the west side where it is 5.0 metres wide. The summit has the foundations of a concrete building measuring 4.2 metres by 2.1 metres. Grass cover noted.


Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 85, map 45 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Depicted on plan by Butler. A cairn on the summit of Peek Hill; here a mass of small stones surrounds the rock outcrop on the highest point. It is dug into around the edge and is now capped by the foundations of a domestic building. It may not be as badly damaged beneath it as its neighbour.


Ordnance Survey, 2019, MasterMap 2019 (Cartographic). SDV362729.

Cairn is shown on the modern mapping.


National Monuments Record, 2019, Pastscape, 2007 data (Website). SDV362732.

Two cairns have been identified. One was scheduled as a tor cairn in 1996 and the second was identified as a possible cairn in 1980. The tor cairn is visible as turf-covered stones piled around a granite outcrop to form a substantial mound. The whole is extensively disturbed by desultory digging. The outline of a small square structure survives in the top - the slight brick and concrete foundations are similar to those visible at the adjacent World War 2, RAF Sharpitor site (SX 56 NE 379). It may represent a small lookout post (SX 56 NE 380).
The possible cairn lies to the south-east (see MDV28525). Tor cairn surveyed at 1:2500 scale (citing Fletcher, M. J., 11/05/2007, English Heritage Field Investigation).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 85, map 45.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital.
SDV362729Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2019. MasterMap 2019. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #119196 ]
SDV362732Website: National Monuments Record. 2019. Pastscape. https://www.pastscape.org.uk/. Website. 2007 data.

Associated Monuments

MDV28525Related to: Possible small cairn south-east of the summit of Peek Hill (Monument)
MDV29973Related to: Reaves on Peek Hill, Walkhampton (Monument)
MDV28529Related to: Ring cairn 30 metres south-west of Peek Hill (Monument)
MDV63631Related to: Royal Air Force Gee Master Transmitting Station, Peek Hill (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Aug 6 2019 8:54AM