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HER Number:MDV6372
Name:Cairn 380 meters south-east of Roundhill Farm

Summary

Cairn situated near two others, south-east of Roundhill Farm. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 609 741
Map Sheet:SX67SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a Bronze Age cairn 380 metres south-east of Roundhill Farm with a short curvilinear length of bank beside it

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SW/83
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (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.

Hut circle on level ground 2.74 meters in diameter. Other details: Figure.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 151 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Probably a ruined cairn, with hollow towards centre. Described by Prowse as a hut circle. Measures 4.5 meters in diameter, and 0.2 meters in height. (Visited on 25/7/1976)


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX67SW13 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV266228.

This is not a hut circle but a cairn with a central excavation hollow. It measures 4.6 meters in diameter and 0.3 meters in height, and is constructed of small stones. (Located at sx60987410).


Greeves, T. A. P., 1982, Dunnabridge Farm (Plan - measured). SDV266230.

Survey shows hut circle at approximately SX61017408, with possible prehistoric field system adjacent.


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

Cairn not visible, although a short curvilinear bank was noted.


ADAS, 1988, ADAS Dunnabridge Farm Survey (Duchy of Cornwall) (Report - Survey). SDV266231.

Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England plan included in survey. Other details: 10/3/1988 Plan.


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

A turf-covered stony mound on level moorland pasture at SX60987410 with rising ground to the north and a river flood plain 100 meters to the south. The immediate area is peat covered. The mound is circular, 4.6 meters in diameter and 0.3 meters high, with a slight hollow in the centre. There is no evidence of a kerb. Although Prowse (1901) described it as a hut circle there is no entrance gap, and if it was a hut it is the sole outlier of the apparently bounded settlement to the east and in an area otherwise confined to ritual monuments. The utilisation of a cairn as a field corner is repeated to the north. On balance Grinsell's (1978) classification seems preferable.
Two short lengths of walling, 0.3 meters high, extend south and westwards from the mound; the former is 23 meters long and the later about 15 meters long. Both may continue beneath the peat and represent the remnants of small field plots. The grid reference quoted by Greeves is incorrect. A short curvilinear bank noted on the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments in England Aerial Photograph Project is in part one of the walls extending from the mound and partly a water filled depression.


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

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.
SDV266228Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX67SW13. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV266230Plan - measured: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1982. Dunnabridge Farm. 1:25,000. Plan.
SDV266231Report - Survey: ADAS. 1988. ADAS Dunnabridge Farm Survey (Duchy of Cornwall). ADAS. A3 Comb Bound.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 151.
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.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #97407 ]
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

MDV25944Related to: Bank adjacent to cairn south-east of Roundhill Farm (Monument)
MDV6249Related to: Cairn 290 metres south-east of Roundhill Farm (Monument)
MDV6248Related to: Cairn 300 meters south-east of Roundhill Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2015 4:14PM