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HER Number:MDV8019
Name:Cairn in Ausewell Woods, south-east of Ausewell Rocks


Eastern cairn of a pair south-east of Ausewell Rocks. Recorded by the Ordnance Survey in 1960. This cairn measures 18m in diameter and has a crater-like centre with two trenches driven from the margin towards the centre, and 3 small round chambers like hut circles within the margin; all modern disturbances.


Grid Reference:SX 735 717
Map Sheet:SX77SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishAshburton
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX77SW11
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445275
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77SW/46
  • Old SAM County Ref: 476A

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BARROW (Constructed, Bronze Age - 2200 BC (Between) to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. H., 1922, 41st Report of the Barrow Committee, 69 (Article in Serial). SDV231132.

Cairn, mutilated, in shooting preserved, in plantation. Diameter 18.3m, height 2.1m. Siting, slope.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960, SX77SW11 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV301229.

Tumuli [O.E.] [SX 7347 7174 and SX 7354 7173] (1906 OS map).
(24/03/1960) Eastern cairn: This has a crater-like centre with two trenches driven from the margin towards the centre, and 3 small round chambers like hut circles within the margin. Diameter at base about 60 ft., and height 7'-8'.
(18/05/1960) The two cairns are as described by above except that both have diameter of 18.0m.
Also modern are the small circular shelters, central depression and trenches which have mutilated the eastern cairn.
A 25" survey has been made.

Ancient Monuments, 1961, Schedule note (Schedule Document). SDV301227.

(August 1961) Two cairns at Auswell Rocks. Dug into and misshapen surrounded by trees. Eastern cairn: hollow in middle, two trenches from margin to centre; three small round chambers within margins of cairn, two irregular openings. Height 2.1m-2.4m, diameter 18.3m.

Ordnance Survey, 1963-1996, 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric, (1964) (Cartographic). SDV350058.

(SX 7347 7174; SX 7354 7173) Cairns (NR).

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 133 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV231132Article in Serial: Worth, R. H.. 1922. 41st Report of the Barrow Committee. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 54. 69.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 133.
SDV301227Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1961. Schedule note. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown.
SDV301229Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960. SX77SW11. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV350058Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1963-1996. 1963-1996 National Grid OS Metric. Digital Mapping. Digital. (1964).

Associated Monuments

MDV7988Related to: Cairn in Ausewell Woods, south-east of Ausewell Rocks (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 1 2022 1:57PM