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HER Number:MDV6472
Name:Cairn south-east of Venford Reservoir, Holne


A Bronze Age cairn situated within the Dartmeet coaxial field system south east of Venford Reservoir. It has a flat topped and turf covered stoney mound.


Grid Reference:SX 688 703
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHolne
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX67SE36
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 442959
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/82
  • Old SAM Ref: 22370

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX67SE36 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV139996.

(07/07/1977) SX 6884 7031: This small round cairn 9 metres diameter and 0.6 metres high is constructed of small boulders now turf covered and lies near the summit at the north east end of a small ridge at 335 metres above OD. There is a disturbance 2.3 metres square and 0.7 metres deep at its centre. There is no trace of a surrounding circle of stones.
1:10 000 survey revised on PFD.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 141 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 13th September 1973. Cairn, large hollow centre. Diameter 9.0 metrse, height 0.9 metres.

National Monuments Record, 1979, SF 1457, 462-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140197.

Photograph taken on 1st March 1979.

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

Looks similar to the trial pits in the area since it has a hole in the top. Visible on 1979 aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 176-7, Map 59, Figure 59.1 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Holne Lee N cairn at SX68847032 of 8.5 metres diameter by 0.8 metres high. Cairn shown to the south of the field system at 'Venford Reservoir East'.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1996, Holne Moor Survey, S. Probert (Report - Survey). SDV154079.

(18/04/1996) SX 6886 7032: This cairn is generally as described in 1977 though its shape is more ovoid measuring 10 metres north to south by 9.5 metres.

Ordnance Survey, 2021, MasterMap 2021 (Cartographic). SDV364015.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1020092 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

A cairn situated within the field system at SX68847032 survives as a 9.7 metre diameter flat-topped mound standing up to 0.8 metres high. A small hollow in the centre of the cairn suggests that it has been partially excavated or robbed.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV139996Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX67SE36. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV140197Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. SF 1457. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 462-5.
SDV154079Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1996. Holne Moor Survey. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Archaeological Survey. S. Probert.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 141.
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.
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. 176-7, Map 59, Figure 59.1.
SDV364015Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2021. MasterMap 2021. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #129144 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1020092.

Associated Monuments

MDV27685Related to: Dartmeet parallel reave system on Holne Moor (Monument)
MDV24759Related to: Medieval field system on Holne Moor (Monument)
MDV129703Related to: Possible cairn east of enclosure within Dartmeet reave system, Holne (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7100 - Holne Moor Survey

Date Last Edited:Mar 3 2022 12:04PM