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HER Number:MDV6657
Name:Cairn at Stannon Bottom, Bellever Plantation


Cairn a short distance to the north of the northernmost coaxial field boundary, at Stannon Bottom.


Grid Reference:SX 653 810
Map Sheet:SX68SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68SE23
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SE/84
  • Old SAM Ref: 34498.01
  • Pastscape: 443809

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. N., 1896, 15th Report of the Barrow Committee, 84-86 (Article in Serial). SDV17612.

Stannon Bottom. Cairn with two standing stones to the south suggesting the remains of a stone row, probably destroyed to furnish the materials of an ancient hedge. It does not point to the centre of the cairn it had been previously opened, but abandoned when no cist was found. The remainder was intact. A trench disclosed a thick layer of wood-charcoal, resting on the surface level, and 1.22m from the foot of the slope, at NE, a circular hole, urn shaped, dug in the calm was found. Cavity was filled with wood - charcoal and ashes with a few fragments of calcined bone, too small to be identifiable. A finely worked pointed, yellowish translucent flint found; a portion of a long arrowhead. The stone row runs from this cairn to the hedge.

Worth, R. H., 1902, 21st Report of the Barrow Committee, 109, 111, 121, 122 (Article in Serial). SDV20971.

Burnard, R., 1906, Early Man, 362 (Article in Monograph). SDV322231.

440ft WSW of kistvaen (SX68SE-51) is a small cairn 15ft in diameter. Trenched in 1895.

Ordnance Survey, 1952, SX68SE23 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV256582.

Cairn at Stannon Bottom. NGR SX65338103. Ref to visit by R. H. Worth in 1948.

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

Cairn just N of NE/SW reave, with possible remains of stone row descending to S. Excavated by Burnard. Finds are in Plymouth Museum. The cairn is 6.0m diam and 0.7m high.

Dartmoor National Park Authority, 1982, Untitled Source (Plan - measured). SDV320369.

Shown on drawing at above NGR. Other details: Scale 1:10560.

GREEVES + ROBINSON, 1983, Untitled Source (Plan - measured). SDV256584.

Cairn surveyed, together with the Stannon Stone Row running northward from it.

Probert, S. A. J., 1989, RCHME Field Investigation (Report - Survey). SDV234023.

No observations recorded.

Horner, W., 1993, Untitled Source (Personal Comment). SDV256587.

Grinsell and Burnard references previously ascribed to SX68SE-51, but do not appear to refer to a cist with retaining kerb. Entries transferred to this site.

English Heritage, 2004, Untitled Source (Schedule Document). SDV320500.

Cairn a short distance to the north of the northernmost coaxial field boundary. The cairn survives as a 6.5m diameter mound up to 0.6m high. A central hollow is the result of excavation in 1896 which revealed a pit containing charcoal, burnt bone and a flint flake. A group of four edge set stones up to 1m high to the southeast are the remains of a stone alignment.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV17612Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1896. 15th Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 28. Hardback Volume + Digital. 84-86.
SDV20971Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1902. 21st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. A5 Paperback + Digital. 109, 111, 121, 122.
SDV234023Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 1989. RCHME Field Investigation. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown.
SDV256582Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey. 1952. SX68SE23.
SDV256584Plan - measured: GREEVES + ROBINSON. 1983. Measured Survey Drawing.
SDV256587Personal Comment: Horner, W.. 1993.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 146.
SDV320369Plan - measured: Dartmoor National Park Authority. 1982. Dartmoor National Park Survey Drawing.
SDV320500Schedule Document: English Heritage. 2004.
SDV322231Article in Monograph: Burnard, R.. 1906. Early Man. Victoria History of the County of Devon. 1. A4 Hardback. 362.

Associated Monuments

MDV54555Parent of: Alignment (Monument)
MDV6642Related to: Alignment (Monument)
MDV54556Related to: Hut circle on Merripit Hill (Monument)
MDV20498Related to: Stannon Hill reave system, Stannon Block System (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5902 - ARROWHEAD (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)
  • FDV7601 - HUMAN REMAINS (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC?)

Associated Events

  • EDV658 - Excavation of cairn, Bellever Plantation
  • EDV8518 - Cairn investigated, Stannon Bottom
  • EDV8649 - Little Stannon Newtake, Duchy Farms Survey

Date Last Edited:Jun 8 2021 9:34AM