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HER Number:MDV7826
Name:Cairn north-east of Skerraton Gate, Dean Prior


Cairn to the north-east of Skerraton Gate on Skerraton Down; Grinsell (1978) records as one of nine possible clearance cairns. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 701 650
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDEAN PRIOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cairns and/or hut circles and field bank, part of a complex of monuments on Skerraton Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Dartmoor Non-designated Heritage Asset: NI Site
  • National Monuments Record: SX76NW103
  • National Monuments Record: SX76SW25
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 1572754
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 444974
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/14/1

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Constructed, Early Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 4000 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))
  • (Alternate Type) CLEARANCE CAIRN (Constructed, Modern - 1751 AD to 2013 AD)

Full description

Robinson, R., 1976, Dean Prior Barrows (Worksheet). SDV346527.

Barrow C. A circular mound about 15.0 metres in diameter. Composed entirely of stone (slate) and much quarried away in the centre.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 138 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Site visited 21/06/1977) East of Skerraton Gate, about nine mounds, possibly clearance heaps.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1980, Skerraton Down Cairns (Worksheet). SDV346542.

Levelled by agricultural operations.

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 161, Map 57 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Huge piles of rubble recorded at Skerraton Gate.

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

This site was considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument during the Monument Protection Programme. The programme ended before the entire list of sites was successfully scheduled so this is included on a local list of Nationally Important Sites.

GeoInformation Group Ltd, 2010, 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution) (Aerial Photograph). SDV346026.

Visible on aerial photograph.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 138.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 161, Map 57.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV346026Aerial Photograph: GeoInformation Group Ltd. 2010. 1:625 2010 Colour (12.5cm resolution). 2010 Aerial Photographs. Digital. [Mapped feature: #105148 ]
SDV346527Worksheet: Robinson, R.. 1976. Dean Prior Barrows. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV346542Worksheet: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1980. Skerraton Down Cairns. Worksheet. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV7827Related to: Cairn east-north-east of Skerraton Gate, Dean Prior (Monument)
MDV7795Related to: Possible hut circles on Skerraton Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 23 2022 10:40AM