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HER Number:MDV8767
Name:Cairn with possible cist on Easdon Down


Large cairn with possible central cist on the line of a reave on Easdon Down. Has been robbed in the past. Encircles a large natural boulder. Reave is on the north-western side of the cairn.


Grid Reference:SX 733 823
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX78SW4
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445630
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/45
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX78SW4

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Victoria County History, 1906, The Victoria History of the County of Devon, 629, Ancient Earthworks (Article in Serial). SDV238214.

Royal Air Force, 1946, RAF/CPE/UK/1824, 4036 (Aerial Photograph). SDV352344.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX78SW4, 25/3/1953 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV303209.

Previously described as a hut circle, this is a cairn with a large centrally placed rock which is possibly the capstone of a kist. Robbers have excavated around and about this giving a rock strewn central hollow to the cairn. There is no encircling ditch. The capstone is approximately square. Touching its base at the east is a triangular shaped orthostat. The cairn is situated on the very summit of a hill.
Bronze Age. (Measurements: diameter 16 metres, height 1.2 metres, excavated hollow (diameter 6 metres, depth 900 millimetres), capstone (length 2 metres, thickness 1.5 metres), triangular stone (height 700 millimetres, base 600 millimetres, thickness 300 millimetres).

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

10/9/1973 Large cairn, hollow centre, perhaps capstone of cist, mutilated elsewhere. Reave aligned on it. Diameter 20 metres, height 0.9 metres.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

Barrow visible on 1946 aerial photograph and recorded on map overlay, apparently incorporated into a reave.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 69 /A61 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Turner identifies this site as a ring cairn. Internal diameter 6 metres, with bank 2.5 metres wide and 1 metre high (NB; record clashes somewhat with Ordnance Survey notes and Grinsell). Encircles a natural boulder, 2.8 metres wide, 1.6 metres thick and up to 2.5 metres high. Reave on north-western side.

Ordnance Survey, 2017, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV359962.

Cairn is depicted on the modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV229817Article in Serial: Turner, J. R.. 1990. Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 48. Paperback Volume. 69 /A61.
SDV238214Article in Serial: Victoria County History. 1906. The Victoria History of the County of Devon. Victoria History of the County of Devon. 1. Unknown. 629, Ancient Earthworks.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 154.
SDV303209Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX78SW4. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index. 25/3/1953.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV352344Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 1946. RAF/CPE/UK/1824. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4036.
SDV359962Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2017. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108859 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV48021Part of: Reave system on Easdon Down (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 15 2021 8:13AM