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HER Number:MDV6728
Name:Cairn to the north of Hemstone Rocks, Fernworthy

Summary

One of three cairns to the north of Hemstone Rocks excavated by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1900. Exact location unknown.

Location

Grid Reference:SX 648 838
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68NW/3/1
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/2
  • Old SAM County Ref: 960

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Baring Gould, S., 1901, Seventh Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, 137 (Article in Serial). SDV249499.

North of hemstone rocks and about two hundred yards from the brow of the clatter. The western most cairn had been denuded of its stones but on digging into the stump a pit in the 'calm' was found 22 inches in diameter and 15 inches deep. It contained burnt bones, wood charcoal and two small pieces of fired flint. This pit was surrounded by a circle of small stones 3 feet in diameter. A small cairn hard by rendered a little wood charcoal in a hollow depression in the calm. Further east is another ruined cairn with a neat pit dug in the calm and covered with a flat stone. It contained much wood charcoal.
Exact location of cairn is unknown.


Worth, R. H., 1902, 21st Report of the Barrow Committee, 109, 111, 115, 129, Fig. (Article in Serial). SDV20971.

A cairn near Hemstone Rocks yielded an urn-shaped pit with a cover stone. The pit was 12 inches wide at the mouth and 17th inches deep. /a flint flake is recorded from a cist and flakes also from a cairn.


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


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950-1952, SX68SW27 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV245678.

Site visit 22nd may 1950. This area under dense afforestation and any chance of finding these cairns has disappeared.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 145 / Lydford 17c (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Cairn, north-east of Hemstone Rocks. Grinsell refers to a cairn at approx above ngr. Contained a pit in which were burnt bones, wood, charcoal and two burnt flints.


Gerrard, S., 1993-2002, Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report, 2002 (Report - non-specific). SDV145710.

Monument MDV48857 (originally located at SX649883) considered under the Monument Protection Programme. The grid reference given in the record (SX64808830 ) places the cairn a short distance to the south-west of the Buttern Stone circle. The description however places the site within grid square sx 6483. This cairn is probably within SAM 28674. Not scheduled at given grid reference because nothing there.


Watts, S., 20/05/2014, Cairns to north of Hemstone Rocks (Personal Comment). SDV356635.

The reports of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee refer to three cairns to the north of Hemstone Rocks but later reports only mention two. Consequently it is difficult to identify which cairn is which.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145710Report - non-specific: Gerrard, S.. 1993-2002. Monument Protection Programme Alternative Action Report. English Heritage. Unknown. 2002.
SDV20971Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1902. 21st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 34. A5 Paperback + Digital. 109, 111, 115, 129, Fig..
SDV245678Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950-1952. SX68SW27. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Photocopy.
SDV249499Article in Serial: Baring Gould, S.. 1901. Seventh Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Digital. 137. [Mapped feature: #43728 ]
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 145 / Lydford 17c.
SDV304210Article in Serial: Brailsford, J. W.. 1938. Bronze Age Stone Monuments of Dartmoor. Antiquity. 12. 450.
SDV356635Personal Comment: Watts, S.. 20/05/2014. Cairns to north of Hemstone Rocks.

Associated Monuments

MDV6730Related to: Cairn north of Hemstone Rocks Settlement, Fernworthy (Monument)
MDV6729Related to: Ring cairn north of Hemstone Rocks Settlement, Fernworthy (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV5906 - FLAKE (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC?)
  • FDV5905 - HUMAN REMAINS (Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Events

  • EDV6203 - Archaeological Survey of Fernworthy Forest
  • EDV7389 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1996
  • EDV7410 - Fernworthy Forest condition survey 1992

Date Last Edited:May 5 2017 10:45AM