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HER Number:MDV7647
Name:Cairnfield north-east of Meldon Viaduct, Okehampton Hamlets


Fourteen cairns marked on survey. The exact extent of the cairnfield is unclear and the site has been cut through by the A30.


Grid Reference:SX 574 934
Map Sheet:SX59SE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishOkehampton Hamlets
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of fourteen cairns of unknown date on north and south sides of A30 at Minehouse

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX59SE100
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1388143
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59SE/48

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Greeves, T. A. P., 1979, Possible cairn field (Worksheet). SDV221006.

(02/08/1979) SX 574 934 Man made features centred at above grid reference. Low circular bank 8m diameter around slight depression. Another similar. Three cairns. A large number of oval/circular scoops up to 8m diameter.
Interpretation uncertain: hut circles and platforms or mining or prospecting features?

English Heritage, 1987, Okehampton by-pass: field survey, 1912-14, -23, 111-127 (Report - Survey). SDV257182.

The portion of the mine house cairnfield to the north of the railway line comprises 19 potential cairns, a circle of stone, a possible pond barrow and possible hut circle. Diameters of cairns vary between 3.0 - 7.0 metres and heights between 0.2 - 0.4 metres.

Probert, S. A. J., 2004, Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report (Report - Survey). SDV324949.

Fourteen cairns marked on GIS survey layer. The exact extent of the cairnfield is unclear and the site has been cut through by the A30.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV221006Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1979. Possible cairn field. Worksheet. Unknown.
SDV257182Report - Survey: English Heritage. 1987. Okehampton by-pass: field survey. Central Excavation Unit Report. Unknown. 1912-14, -23, 111-127.
SDV324949Report - Survey: Probert, S. A. J.. 2004. Okehampton Castle and Park, West Devon: Survey Report. English Heritage Report. AI/03/2004. A4 Stapled + Digital. [Mapped feature: #134647 ]

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3474 - Earthwork survey of Okehampton Castle and Park
  • EDV8550 - Excavations related to the construction of the A30 Okehampton by-pass

Date Last Edited:Sep 4 2023 2:44PM