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HER Number:MDV7829
Name:Cairn 170 meters east of Skerraton Gate


Cairn on Skerraton Down. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 702 650
Map Sheet:SX76NW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishDean Prior
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDEAN PRIOR

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Group of seven prehistoric cairns, part of a cairn cemetery on Skerraton Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76NW/32
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 1946, CPE/UK 1890, 4266-7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140289.

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

Barrow E. A circular mound about 11.0 meters in diameter. Composed of small stones (slate) much robbed in centre.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 178 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

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

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

SDV140289Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. CPE/UK 1890. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4266-7.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 178.
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: #105181 ]
SDV346527Site Visit: Robinson, R.. 1976. Dean Prior Barrows. Worksheet. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV7949Related to: Cairn 116 metres east-south-east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)
MDV7947Related to: Cairn 160 meters south-east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)
MDV7950Related to: Cairn 160 meters south-east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)
MDV7946Related to: Cairn 180 meters south-east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)
MDV7948Related to: Pair of cairns 135 meters south-east of Skerraton Gate (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 1 2013 2:08PM