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HER Number:MDV6434
Name:Cairn on summit of Yar Tor

Summary

Large cairn (approximately 18.0 metres) built on the summit of Yar Tor; the stones have been rearranged to form a shelter. This cairn is aligned with a reave; part of the Dartmeet parallel reave system.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 678 739
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Dartmeet Parallel Reave System. Earthworks of an extensive area of prehistoric remains including complex field system, numerous hut circles, enclosures and cairns, overlain by medieval remains including Vaghill Warren, farmsteads and a large field syste

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 442898
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/51
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BARROW (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1937, 56th Report of the Barrow Committee, 81 (Article in Serial). SDV20973.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950 - 1952, SX67SE15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV282696.

no trace can be found. R. H. Worth claims remains of cairn built on summit of Yar Tor.


Worth, R. H., 1953, Dartmoor, 164 (Monograph). SDV231148.

The remains of a cairn are to be found on the summit of Yar Tor similar to the cairn on Corndon Tor.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 178 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Grinsell bases his list entry on Worth's 1937 detail, location approximately SX678740, diameter 15.0 meters. Other details: Widecombe 20a.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 994 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

Other details: Volume 5.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX67SE15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV347054.

On the summit of Yar Tor is a cairn built upon outcropping rock. It measures 18.0 meters in diameter and is 1.7 meters high. It has been dug into at the centre and sides.


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

Not visible on Royal Air Force 1947 or National Monuments Record 1977 aerial photographs.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 126 (Monograph). SDV299725.

A cairn (18.0 meters in diameter) built over the highest rocks on the tor; its stones have been rearranged to form a shelter. This rock is the focus of a reave approaching uphill from the south-west and continuing on the other side towards Sherwell in the valley below. Other details: Map 14, 8.


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

Part of Dartmeet coaxial field system (Northern Part) which was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Site 43.


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

Map object based on this Source.


Newman, P., 2008, Untitled Source (Report - Survey). SDV347056.

Standing up to 2.0 meters high this cairn stands on the southern outcrop of Yar Tor and comprises a large irregular stony mound now spread and much altered by recent interference. The cairn has a footprint of over 23.0 meters. The central area has been hollowed and re-modelled.


GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Circular feature on Yar Tor at location recorded on the modern Ordnance Survey (2011) mapping assumed to be the cairn.


Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Map object based on this Source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV20973Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1937. 56th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. A4 Unbound. 81.
SDV231148Monograph: Worth, R. H.. 1953. Dartmoor. Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 164.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 178.
SDV282696Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950 - 1952. SX67SE15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 126.
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.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. 994.
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.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV347054Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX67SE15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV347056Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2008. English Heritage Archaeological Investigation Report. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV14377Related to: Barrow 150 meters north-east of Yar Tor, Corndon Down (Monument)
MDV6460Related to: Cairn near Yar Tor stone row, Yartor Down (Monument)
MDV6030Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system - northern section (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Feb 24 2015 10:37AM