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HER Number:MDV6774
Name:Small cairn in north-east corner of Broad Down, Dartmoor Forest


Cairn in north-east corcner of Broad Down visible as a stony turf-covered mound 6.5 metres by 6.3 metres with a maximum height of 0.8 metres with a central hollow


Grid Reference:SX 637 810
Map Sheet:SX68SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDartmoor Forest
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLYDFORD

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and surviving walls of a dispersed group of at least five Bronze Age hut circles, two fragmentary enclosures and a Bronze Age cairn to the north-east of Broad Down

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX68SW14
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 443933
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX68SW/34

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1950, SX68SW14, SX68SW14 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV242935.

(19/06/1950) Small cairn. Partially turf covered, slight hollow in centre. Diameter 6.5m, height 0.5m.

National Monuments Record, 1977, SX6381/4, 274-278 (Aerial Photograph). SDV262361.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 145 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(04/07/1976) Cairn, hollow centre. Diameter 7m, height 0.6m.

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

Though very low and small it is distinguishable on NMR 1977 aerial photograph.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North, 161, 242, Map 35, Site 13 (Monograph). SDV219155.

Broad Down N.E. cairn at SX63708101 of 6.5 metres diameter by 0.5 metres high with a central pit and with its exposed stones of a larger size than usual.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 1993-1998, Dartmoor Royal Forest Project, H. Riley (Report - Survey). SDV346608.

(23/11/1994) The cairn lies on a flat-topped spur overlooking the East Dart valley, centred at SX 6371 8102. It comprises a stony, turf-covered mound, 6.5m N-S, 6.3m E-W, surviving to a maximum height of 0.8m on its eastern side. In its centre is a small hollow, 2m N-S, 1m E-W and 0.25m deep.

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

Cairn shown on survey.

Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC, 2015-2017, 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs (Aerial Photograph). SDV361462.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Ordnance Survey, 2023, Mastermap 2023 (Cartographic). SDV365227.

'Cairn' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV219155Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Two - The North. Two. Paperback Volume. 161, 242, Map 35, Site 13.
SDV242935Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1950. SX68SW14. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. SX68SW14.
SDV262361Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1977. SX6381/4. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. Unknown. 274-278.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 145.
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.
SDV345521Cartographic: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV346608Report - Survey: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 1993-1998. Dartmoor Royal Forest Project. Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England Field/Recording In. Unknown. H. Riley.
SDV361462Aerial Photograph: Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. 2015-2017. 2015-2017 Aerial Photographs. Bluesky International Ltd/Getmapping PLC. Photograph (Digital).
SDV365227Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2023. Mastermap 2023. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV6802Related to: Enclosure within a loop of the East Dart River, Datmoor Forest (Monument)
MDV132878Related to: Hut circle in north-east corner of Broad Down, Dartmoor Forest (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV8409 - Dartmoor Royal Forest Project

Date Last Edited:Mar 17 2023 10:52AM