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HER Number:MDV8106
Name:Cairn 884 meters west of Yarner Farm, Ilsington


Small cairn east of Smallacombe Rocks, associated with several other features in the area. This site is included in the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 766 781
Map Sheet:SX77NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishIlsington
Ecclesiastical ParishILSINGTON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Earthworks of a Bronze Age parallel reave system with three main east-west boundary works, an enclosure hut circles and cairns, a medieval enclosure, a pillow mound, an area of post-medieval tin pits and a post-medieval field system on Haytor Down

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX77NE/56
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CAIRN (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 701 BC (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1960, SX77NE7 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV314735.

A small cairn at SX76627813, its sides overgrown with grass and heather. It is 0.4 meters high.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 142 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(Site visited 5/10/1975). Cairn with hollow centre, 9.0 meters in diameter, height 0.3 meters.

Everett, C., 1988, Haytor Down - Summary of Archaeological Features, HD86, Map 6 (Report - Survey). SDV359684.

Cairn shown on Haytor Down.

Butler, J., 1991, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East, 28-9 (Monograph). SDV299725.

A low flat-topped mound, maximum 12.2 meters in diameter, with a second layer of small stones lying on the surface towards one edge of the mound. A depression here indicates it may have been dug into. Other details: Map 2, 6.

Newman, P., 2002, Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon, 6, Figure 2 (Report - Survey). SDV346395.

A stony mound partly turf covered. Three cairns form a linear group in the centre of the ridge to east of Smallacombe Rocks.

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

Shown on survey as a small circular earthwork to the east of Smallacombe Rocks.

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.

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

Ordnance Survey, 2011, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV346129.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 142.
SDV299725Monograph: Butler, J.. 1991. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume One - The East. One. Paperback Volume. 28-9.
SDV314735Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1960. SX77NE7. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
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.
SDV346129Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2011. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #107846 ]
SDV346395Report - Survey: Newman, P.. 2002. Haytor Down, Ilsington, Devon. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Report. A1/2/1999. A4 Spiral Bound. 6, Figure 2.
SDV359684Report - Survey: Everett, C.. 1988. Haytor Down - Summary of Archaeological Features. HD86, Map 6.
SDV359685Plan - measured: Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England. 2002. Haytor Down: The Archaeology. A1 Folded.

Associated Monuments

MDV8104Related to: Cairn on Haytor Down, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV8105Related to: Enclosure 910 meters west of Yarner Farm, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV79704Related to: Possible ring cairn 970 meters west of Yarner Farm, Ilsington (Monument)
MDV48849Related to: Ring cairn 800 meters west of Yarner Farm (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

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

Date Last Edited:Jul 29 2016 1:30PM