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HER Number:MDV6609
Name:Cairn on Hurston Ridge 1 kilometre north-west of Warren House Inn, Dartmoor Forest

Summary

Remains of a Prehistoric cairn on Hurston Ridge from which a Bronze Age urn was recovered in 1900

Location

Grid Reference:SX 670 818
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/45
  • Old SAM Ref: 28746

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1902, 21st Report of the Barrow Committee, 111-127 (Article in Serial). SDV20971.


Victoria County History, 1906, The Victoria History of the County of Devon, 360 (Article in Serial). SDV238214.


Brailsford, J. W., 1938, Bronze Age Stone Monuments of Dartmoor, 450 (Article in Serial). SDV304210.

Bronze Age stone monuments on Dartmoor.


Barber, J., 1965, 25th Report on the archaeology and early history of Devon, 100-1 (Article in Serial). SDV161111.

Barber, j. /tda/97(1965)100-101.


Pettit, P., 1974, Prehistoric Dartmoor, Lower Plate opposite 54 (Monograph). SDV231149.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 146 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 3rd July 1972. Saw no sign of cairn marked on Ordnance Survey map as 'Site of Cairn' only. Hurston ridge; pillaged cairn (diameter 8 metres) examined in 1900. Yielded large portion of broken urn (circumference 1.12 metres), resting mouth down on flat stone covering pit filled with wood charcoal. The urn was partly protected by a leaning stone kept in position by trigger stones. Highly ornamented. Dark, friable pottery containing little clay. No surrounding stone circle.


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

Not visible on 1946 aerial photographs.


Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 152169 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

Site visited on 10th June 1999. Cairn on Hurston Ridge standing 1070 metres north-north-west of the Warren House Inn.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 31, Map 25 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Hurston Ridge Cairn number 10 on the map. Cairn was lost soon after it was discovered in 1900. However the cairn is still to be found on the west side of Assycombe Hill and only a triangular slab lying flat on the south-east edge of a low mound. Until 1986 another slab lay in the shallow pit at the centre which was perhaps the stone which protected the urn but this has since been taken away.


Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1020182 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

The monument includes a round cairn situated on a ridge between Assycombe Hill and Water Hill overlooking much of central Dartmoor. The cairn, which is flat- topped, measures 9 metres in diameter and stands up to 0.6 metres high. A recumbent triangular stone on the north eastern edge of the cairn may have once stood upright. In 1900 this cairn was investigated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee who found below a slab, a large upturned urn covering a charcoal filled pit.


National Monument Record, 2018, Pastscape, 443805, SX68SE21 (Website). SDV360651.

Round Bronze Age cairn situated on Hurston Ridge between Assycombe Hill and Water Hill and 1 kilometre north west of Warren House Inn. A recumbent triangular stone lies on its north eastern edge.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV161111Article in Serial: Barber, J.. 1965. 25th Report on the archaeology and early history of Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 97. 100-1.
SDV20971Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1902. 21st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. A5 Paperback + Digital. 111-127.
SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 31, Map 25.
SDV231149Monograph: Pettit, P.. 1974. Prehistoric Dartmoor. Prehistoric Dartmoor. Lower Plate opposite 54.
SDV238214Article in Serial: Victoria County History. 1906. The Victoria History of the County of Devon. Victoria History of the County of Devon. 1. Unknown. 360.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 146.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 152169.
SDV304210Article in Serial: Brailsford, J. W.. 1938. Bronze Age Stone Monuments of Dartmoor. Antiquity. 12. 450.
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.
SDV360651Website: National Monument Record. 2018. Pastscape. http://www.pastscape.org.uk. Website. 443805, SX68SE21.
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1020182.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Apr 13 2018 12:25PM