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HER Number:MDV6474
Name:Large cairn south of Horn's Cross

Summary

A well preserved ring cairn lies on the moderate north facing slope of Holne Ridge 250 metres south of Horns Cross. A turf covered stony bank encloses a roughly circular area 10.8 metres in diameter. The bank is unbroken and the enclosed area is at the same level as the surrounding ground surface.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 669 707
Map Sheet:SX67SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishHolne
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLNE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX 67 SE 38
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX67SE/84
  • Old SAM Ref: 28769.02
  • Pastscape: 442965

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1890, 2373-2374 (Aerial Photograph). SDV169268.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX67SE38, Sketch plan and section (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV140009.

(27/04/1950 (Ordnance Survey) a robbed cairn. The whole of the centre of this cairn has been removed leaving a ring-like effect. Robbers were apparently quarrymen; the marks of their stone- splitting tools are to be seen on a large stone in the north-east side of the cairn.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1977, SX67SE38 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV140013.

(14/07/1977) SX 6693 7079. This cairn is 21.2 metres in diameter overall and is constructed of small boulders and situated on a moderate north facing slope at 400 metres above OD. It consists of a ring of stones average width 5.3 metres and height 0.6 metres with a central void 10.6 metres in diameter. One large boulder has been drilled and split but there is no other evidence of disturbance to this ring cairn. 1:10 000 survey revised on PFD.

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

Remains of cairn. Diameter 20.5m, ring (width 4.0m, height 0.6m).

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

Cairn is visible on Royal Air Force 1946 aerial photograph and 1985 National Monuments Record photograph.

National Monuments Record, 1985, NMR SF2600, 457-462 (Aerial Photograph). SDV346525.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 66, A12 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Ring cairn measuring 13m internal diameter, with bank 3m wide and 1m high. Possible ring of stones under bank.

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152236 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(18/05/1999) At SX 6691 7077. Ring cairn 270m south of Horn's Cross forming part of a cairn cemetery on Holne Ridge. Ring cairn. Diameter 19.9m, height 0.9m. 4m wide bank standing up to 0.9m high surrounding an 11.9m diameter internal area. A stone on the inner face of the east side of the cairn has been cut by tear and feather. Grass, heather, bilberry and bracken.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, Map 60 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Cairn is depicted by Butler.

Probert, S. A. J., 1997, Holne Moor, Dartmoor, Devonshire. A Landscape Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (Report - Survey). SDV173671.

(18/04/1996) SX 66917078. A well preserved ring cairn lies on the moderate north facing slope of Holne Ridge 250 metres south of Horns Cross. A turf covered stony bank encloses a roughly circular area 10.8 metres in diameter. The bank is unbroken and the enclosed area is at the same level as the surrounding ground surface.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140009Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX67SE38. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. Sketch plan and section.
SDV140013Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1977. SX67SE38. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Unknown.
SDV169268Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 2373-2374.
SDV173671Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1997. Holne Moor, Dartmoor, Devonshire. A Landscape Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A4 Comb Bound + Digital. [Mapped feature: #97663 ]
SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 66, A12.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 141.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152236.
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. Map 60.
SDV346525Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1985. NMR SF2600. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 457-462.

Associated Monuments

MDV61450Related to: Cairn south of Horn's Cross (Monument)
MDV6473Related to: Large cairn south of Horn's Cross (Monument)
MDV61449Related to: Small cairn south of Horn's Cross (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7100 - Holne Moor Survey

Date Last Edited:Jun 8 2020 1:13PM