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HER Number:MDV78669
Name:Cairns on Emsworthy Rocks,Ilsington


Two Prehistoric cairns on to the south of Emsworthy Rocks


Grid Reference:SX 753 768
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks and stone walls of a Bronze age parallel reave system on Haytor Down with a number of hut circle settlements, enclosures and prehistoric cairns, plus 19th century Bagtor Tin Mine

Other References/Statuses

  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Early Bronze Age to Early Iron Age - 2200 BC to 700 BC (Between))

Full description

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

Two possibly ancient cairns cover the outcrops of the most easterly pile of Emsworthy Rocks. An east to west reave is oriented directly towards the eastern cairn which consists of a mass of small stones surrounding the natural rock which is visible at the centre. This may have been covered originally as many more stones lie scattered below. The second cairn lies 35 metres to the south-west and has several earthfast slabs within an irregular mound which has been much disturbed by digging. A reliable estimate of the original diameter cannot be made for either cairn. Other details: Map 1, Site 9.

Newman, P., 2002, Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon, 4, Figure 2 (Report - Survey). SDV346395.

A flat and much robbed stone spread of 16 metres diameter on the level southern side of the summit of Emsworthy Rocks.

Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, 2002, Haytor Down: The Archaeology (Plan - measured). SDV359685.

Two cairns shown on survey to the south of Emsworthy Rocks.

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

Two cairns on Emsworthy Rocks considered for designation as a Scheduled Ancient Monument in 2004. Other details: Number 11.

English Heritage, 2005-2008, Prehistoric Survey Information (Report - Survey). SDV345521.

Two cairns shown on the south side of Emsworthy Rocks.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume.
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.
SDV345521Report - Survey: English Heritage. 2005-2008. Prehistoric Survey Information. English Heritage. Digital. [Mapped feature: #105510 ]
SDV346395Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2002. Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A1/2/1999. A4 Spiral Bound. 4, Figure 2.
SDV359685Plan - measured: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 2002. Haytor Down: The Archaeology. A1 Folded.

Associated Monuments

MDV40740Related to: Cairn south of Haytor Rocks, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV26958Related to: Parallel reave system south of Haytor Rocks (Monument)
MDV26517Related to: Trackway south of Haytor Rocks, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV116384Related to: Wall to west and east of Emsworthy Rocks, Ilsington (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV7021 - Haytor Down: Survey Report (Ref: A1/2/1999)

Date Last Edited:Sep 2 2016 3:50PM