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HER Number:MDV7455
Name:Cairn north of Top Tor

Summary

One of a group of three. A low, turf covered mounds of 8 metres in diameter. Stones protruding through the surface have previously been interpreted as components of a kerb (condition stable in 2015 survey).

Location

Grid Reference:SX 735 764
Map Sheet:SX77NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWidecombe in the Moor
DistrictTeignbridge
Ecclesiastical ParishWIDECOMBE IN THE MOOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cairn adjacent to path to north of Top Tor, one of a group of four

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: 445055
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NW/32
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX77NW7
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1934, 53rd Report of the Barrow Committee, 41 (Article in Serial). SDV345863.


Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960, SX77NW7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV345860.

Cairn circle A; close set stones mark the northern half with two disturbed outliers to the south east. There is also another retaining circle and a robbed cairn. Other details: Cairn A.


Davidson, C. + Seabrook, R., 1973, Stone Rings on south-east Dartmoor, 41 (Article in Serial). SDV345864.


Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 177 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Site visited on 11th September 1973. Cairn or ring cairn with two concentric retaining circles, the inner now of two or three stones only, the outer close-set and of 11 stones. Remains of stone row descend to the north-north-west. Diameter 7.0 metres, height 0.3 metres. Cairn is north of Top Tor.


Beeson, M. M. R. + Masterman, M. C. H., 1979, An Archaeological Survey of Enclosed Land in Widecombe-In-The-Moor Parish, 1057 (Report - Survey). SDV337078.


Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, SX77NW (Cartographic). SDV345445.

Not visible on aerial photographs.


Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 61 (Monograph). SDV299725.

Cairns on Top Tor. Two inconspicuous cairns lie about 80 metres apart beside the track which follows the crest of the ridge on the north side of Top Tor. The cairn to the south is smaller at circa 7.5 metres diameter by 0.2 metres high and has a circle of ten slabs showing above the turf around the edge. This cairn has been reported to have a stone row running downhill to the north but the few earthfast slabs in this direction are no more numerous than elsewhere on the hillside and this seems unconvincing. Nearly 100 metres east of the southern cairn is an arc of three standing and two flat slabs representing about a quarter of a circle. The interior is quite flat except for a shallow trench but possibly the stones originally surrounded a cairn which has been completely removed. Other details: Map 9, Site 7.


Gerrard, S., 2004, List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor (Un-published). SDV345444.

Cairns north of Top Tor were considered for designation as Scheduled Ancient Monuments in 2004. Other details: Site 37.


Gerrard, S., 2006, Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites (Cartographic). SDV345607.


National Monuments Record, 2010, 445055 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV345861.

The remains of three Bronze Age cairns to the north of Top Tor.


Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.


Newman , P., 2015, Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon (Report - Survey). SDV359145.

Cairn north of Top Tor
One of a group of three. A low, turf covered mounds of 8 metres in diameter. Stones protruding through the surface have previously been interpreted as components of a kerb. Condition is stable. SX73574 76472


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording forms, RT64 (Worksheet). SDV362781.

Visited 15/08/2019. 100% gorse inundation. Only 1 large rock visible. 2015 survey suggested turf covering so this cairn has certainly seen a deterioration in vegetation inundation condition. Photo taken


Various, 2018-2019, PALs Condition Recording photographs, RT64 (Photograph). SDV363073.

Visited 15/08/2019. Photo looking west to east showing the total gorse inundation

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 177.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 61.
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. 1057.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345445Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. SX77NW. Air Photographs Unit. Map (Paper).
SDV345607Cartographic: Gerrard, S.. 2006. Dartmoor Nationally Important Sites. English Heritage. Digital.
SDV345860Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960. SX77NW7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV345861National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 445055. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV345863Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1934. 53rd Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 66. A5 Hardback. 41.
SDV345864Article in Serial: Davidson, C. + Seabrook, R.. 1973. Stone Rings on south-east Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 31. Paperback Volume. 41.
SDV359145Report - Survey: Newman , P.. 2015. Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape, Dartmoor National Park, Devon. South-West Landscape Investigations. A4 Bound + Digital. [Mapped feature: #101790 ]
SDV362781Worksheet: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording forms. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. RT64.
SDV363073Photograph: Various. 2018-2019. PALs Condition Recording photographs. PALs Condition Assessment Project Forms. Digital. RT64.

Associated Monuments

MDV7456Related to: Cairn north of Top Tor (Monument)
MDV7457Related to: Cairn north of Top Tor (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6836 - Rippon Tor Premier Archaeological Landscape survey

Date Last Edited:Aug 21 2019 3:57PM