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HER Number:MDV6885
Name:CAIRN in the Parish of South Tawton

Summary

Cairn on summit of cosdon beacon. Vis=9/8/1950 (os) this barrow has been very badly mutilated. Vis=wilkinson notes the occurrence of several cairns on cosden down (wilkinson)vis=visible and recorded (rchm app 1985). Vis=17/1/1994 (gerrard) round cairn known as cawsand beacon or cosdon beacon. Forms part of a cemetery including at least 2 round cairns, 2 ring cairns and one platform cairn. Round cairn mound measures 27m in diam and stands up to 3m high. Two large central hollows, measuring 6m by 4m by 1.2m deep and 3.5m square by 0.7m deep respectively, may suggest partial early excavation or robbing. It has however been suggested that these hollows may have been excavated to form some form of hearth for the reception of fuel associated with the reuse of this cairn as a fire beacon during the 16c (sx69sw/16) five post medieval shelters (subsheet 1) have been constructed from cairn material and lie on the periphery of the mound (mpp).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 636 914
Map Sheet:SX69SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishSouth Tawton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishSOUTH TAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX69SW/18
  • Old SAM Ref: 24144

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Unknown, MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA (Migrated Record). SDV331.

Cairn on summit of cosdon beacon. Vis=9/8/1950 (os) this barrow has been very badly mutilated. Vis=wilkinson notes the occurrence of several cairns on cosden down (wilkinson)vis=visible and recorded (rchm app 1985). Vis=17/1/1994 (gerrard) round cairn known as cawsand beacon or cosdon beacon. Forms part of a cemetery including at least 2 round cairns, 2 ring cairns and one platform cairn. Round cairn mound measures 27m in diam and stands up to 3m high. Two large central hollows, measuring 6m by 4m by 1.2m deep and 3.5m square by 0.7m deep respectively, may suggest partial early excavation or robbing. It has however been suggested that these hollows may have been excavated to form some form of hearth for the reception of fuel associated with the reuse of this cairn as a fire beacon during the 16c (sx69sw/16) five post medieval shelters (subsheet 1) have been constructed from cairn material and lie on the periphery of the mound (mpp).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV224166.

Osa=sx69sw21.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV224167.

Ormerod, g. W. /jbaa/20(1864)300/on the hut circles on the eastern side of dartmoor.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV224168.

Wilkinson, j. G. /jbaa/18(1862)41,43/on british remains at dartmoor.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV224169.

Aph=raf/3g/tud/uk/138 5441(11/4/1946).


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV224170.

Butler, j. /dartmoor atlas of antiquities - the north/2(1991)206-7.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV224171.

Des=mpp/133330.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224166Migrated Record:
SDV224167Migrated Record:
SDV224168Migrated Record:
SDV224169Aerial Photograph:
SDV224170Migrated Record:
SDV224171Migrated Record:
SDV331Migrated Record: Unknown. MIGRATED RECORD - MONUMENT PROTECTION PROGRAMME DATA. Monument Protection Programme. Unknown.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded


Date Last Edited:Oct 13 2015 4:15PM