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HER Number:MDV66369
Name:Cairn north-east of the Whittenknowles Rocks settlement. Sheepstor

Summary

Round cairn east of Whittenknowles Rocks, 960 metres east-north-east of Gutter Tor. Diameter 4 metres by 0.6 metres high. Stones protruding around the western and southern edges suggest the presence of a kerb. Bracken, moss and grass cover. A 2017 visit recorded the condition as fair and the site stable.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 587 671
Map Sheet:SX56NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSheepstor
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSHEEPSTOR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX56NE/650
  • Old SAM Ref: 34464

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Gerrard, S., 1990-2002, Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset., MPP 157142 (Report - Survey). SDV277946.

(28/3/2002) Round cairn east of Whittenknowles Rocks, 960m east-north-east of Gutter Tor. Diameter 4m, height 0.6m. Stones protruding around the western and southern edges suggest the presence of a kerb. Bracken, moss and grass.

Butler, J., 1994, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West, 126-7, Map 49, Figure 49.11 (Monograph). SDV137656.

Whittenknowles Rocks cairn at SX58706715 of 3.0 metres diameter by 0.4 metres high is a small undamaged cairn about 75 metres to the north-east of the prehistoric setlement.

Newman, P. + Probert, S., 2005, Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey (Report - Survey). SDV363484.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

Probert, S. A. J., 2010, A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Ringmoor, Dartmoor Training Area (Report - Survey). SDV360517.

Newman, P., 2018, Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation (Report - Survey). SDV361636.

(01/12/2017) A small ruinous cairn to the north-east of Whiteknowles settlement. Condition is fair, site stable.

Historic England, 2021, National Heritage List for England, 1021052 (National Heritage List for England). SDV364016.

The monument includes a round cairn situated on a gentle south facing slope overlooking the valley of the River Plym. The cairn survives as a 4 metres diameter mound standing up to 0.6 metres high. Stones protruding around the western and southern edges of the mound may represent a kerb which survives elsewhere as a buried feature.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV137656Monograph: Butler, J.. 1994. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Three - The South-West. Three. Paperback Volume. 126-7, Map 49, Figure 49.11.
SDV277946Report - Survey: Gerrard, S.. 1990-2002. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Monument Protection Programme. Archaeological Item Dataset.. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. MPP 157142.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV360517Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2010. A Condition Survey of the Archaeological Sites of Ringmoor, Dartmoor Training Area. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV361636Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2018. Archaeological Sites within Ringmoor Training Area, Dartmoor National Park, Devon: A condition survey on behalf of Defence Infrastructure Organisation. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Comb Bound. [Mapped feature: #123949 ]
SDV364016National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2021. National Heritage List for England. Digital. 1021052.

Associated Monuments

MDV3995Related to: Hut circle settlement at Whittenknowles Rocks, Sheepstor (Monument)
MDV25086Related to: Longstone Leat, Sheepstor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7443 - Condition survey of archaeological sites in Ringmoor Training Area
  • EDV7569 - Condition survey of Ringmoor Down training area
  • EDV8155 - Plym Valley Survey
  • EDV8227 - Ringmoor Training Area: Monument Baseline Condition Survey

Date Last Edited:May 31 2021 12:11PM