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HER Number:MDV7413
Name:Cairn on Hamel Down 160 metres south-east of Two Barrows


Heather-covered cairn with large depression in top a result of stone rubbing. Cairn is truncated and may have had stone removed to build the adjoining wall. Diameter 20.0 metres, height 0.6 metres.


Grid Reference:SX 707 790
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthwork remains of a large cairn on Hamel Down, 160 metres south-east of Two Barrows

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX77NW24
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445086
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/6/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960, SX77NW24 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV307184.

(10/05/1960) Tumuli on saddle, 'A' is 40 feet in diameter with a rim 1 ft. high. 'B' is a cairn 42 feet in diameter and 3 feet high (comment, Lady A Fox, June 1950) Scheduled Ancient Monuments (TDA, 1952, Vol 84, pg 240).
'A': SX 70727904 is a heather covered cairn 21.0 m. in diameter and 0.8 m. high at its rim. A large depression in the top is 0.4 m. deep, a result of stone robbing of which a further example is afforded by a trench dug into the outside of the rim throughout the north-eastern half of the cairn.
A 25" survey has been made.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 176 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(21/07/1972) Cairn truncated, probably for stones to build adjoining wall. Diameter 20.0m, height 0.6m.

Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, Vol V, 1039 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.

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

Not visible on 1946 RAF photos.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 176.
SDV307184Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960. SX77NW24. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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.
SDV337078Report - Survey: Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H.. 1979. An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Vols I - V. A4 Comb Bound. Vol V, 1039.

Associated Monuments

MDV7412Related to: Cairn on Hamel Down (Monument)
MDV7527Related to: Pool in Blackaton Newtake, Hameldown (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 30 2022 3:26PM