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HER Number:MDV8764
Name:Cairn on Heatree Down


Cairn east on Heatree Down. This site is on the local list of Nationally Important Dartmoor sites.


Grid Reference:SX 724 802
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Prehistoric cairn on Heatree Down visible as a grass and gorse-covered mound over 14 metres in diameter

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX78SW15
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445641
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/42
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX78SW15

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX78SW15 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV303253.

(23/03/1953) Probable Bronze Age cairn SX 7243 8025 A grass and gorse covered mound in which there are many exposed stones. Measures 13.0m east-west, 11.0m north-south, 0.7m high. There is no encircling ditch. It is probably a Bronze Age cairn whose odd shape may be a result of previous excavation.

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 154, Manaton 3 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(24/09/1973) Cairn on Heatree Down, measuring 14.5 metres in diameter, and 0.6 metres high. The cairn itself has been disturbed by looting and is bumpy.

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

This cairn 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.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 154, Manaton 3.
SDV303253Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX78SW15. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #108853 ]
SDV345444Un-published: Gerrard, S.. 2004. List of Sites Remaining to be Considered for Designation on Dartmoor. Digital.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 15 2021 1:03PM