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HER Number:MDV6446
Name:Unlikely cairn south-east of Combestone Tor

Summary

Possible cairn with a hollow centre recorded in the early part of the 20th century. Has not be reliably recorded since this time. Unlikely feature.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 679 714
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHolne
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SE 118
  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SE 28
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/61
  • Old SAM Ref: 22368
  • Pastscape: 442935
  • Pastscape: 443201

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • (Former Type) CAIRN? (Unknown date)

Full description

Crossing, W., 1912 (1965), Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor, 359 (Monograph). SDV320981.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67SE28 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV140920.

(Visited 26/04/1950) SX 6799 7145. Cairn (site of). No trace of this feature could be found.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX67SE28 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV140921.

(Visited 13/07/1977) The former published position for this barrow is on a relatively flat broad spur. There is no mound here or in the vicinity.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 142 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Visible September 1976) A possible cairn with a hollow centre found at SX 6798 7140. Diameter 4.0 metres, height 0.1 metre.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1980, SX67SE115 or SX67SE118 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV140922.

It is uncertain what Grinsell is referring to. At SX 6798 7140 there is an earthern ring 1.2 metres wide and 0.1 metres high, enclosing an area 2.4 metres in diameter with a military 'foxhole' trench in the northern half and traces of an infilled one on the south (See ground photograph). These occupy virtually the whole of the interior.
There is no visible stone and it is posible that the feature is the result of military activity. Crossing says that a half mile from Venford dam, a track to Combestone Farm branches right near a tumulus. The barrow or cairn was evidently obvious circa 1912 and its subsequent removal may be due to road mending. Thirty metres to the east there is a flat circular depression 5.0 metres in diameter and 0.1 metre deep which could be the site of a stripped cairn or hut but this is entirely speculative. No survey action. (see also SX 67 SE 28).


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Not visible on 1977 aerial photographs.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140920Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67SE28. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV140921Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX67SE28. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card.
SDV140922Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1980. SX67SE115 or SX67SE118. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 142.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV320981Monograph: Crossing, W.. 1912 (1965). Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Crossing's Guide to Dartmoor. Hardback Volume. 359.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7100 - Holne Moor Survey

Date Last Edited:Sep 6 2019 4:02PM