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HER Number:MDV7827
Name:Cairn 60 metres east-north-east of Skerraton Gate


Cairn on Skerraton Down. 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

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/14/2
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Robinson, R., 1976, Dean Prior Barrows (Site Visit). SDV346527.

Barrow D. A circular mound about 15.0 meters in diameter. Composed of small stones much quarried in centre. On north side five retaining stones of granite are exposed from the inside.

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

(Site visited 21/6/1977) East of Skerraton Gate, about nine mounds, possibly clearance heaps.

Greeves, T. A. P., 1980, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV346542.

Levelled by agricultural operations.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 70 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

An embanked stone circle; an annular bank of earth and/or stones with an inner kerb of orthostats. Internal diameter 13.0 meters with bank 1.8 meters wide and 0.4 meters high. Only three kerb stones left. Other details: B4.

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.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 70.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 138.
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: #105159 ]
SDV346527Site Visit: Robinson, R.. 1976. Dean Prior Barrows. Worksheet. Digital.
SDV346542Site Visit: Greeves, T. A. P.. 1980. Worksheet. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV7826Related to: Cairn 60 metres north-east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2013 11:36AM