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HER Number:MDV8768
Name:Hameldon Tor cairn


Monument comprises a 11m diameter cairn (up to 0.7m high), within an enclosed area 21m in diameter surrounded by bank (1.5m wide, up to 0.4m high). Northern edge of cairn denoted by several edge set stones indicating the presence of a kerb. Modern visitor cairn measuring 4.2m in diameter and 1.2m high on top of cairn, as well as an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar lying to the north.


Grid Reference:SX 703 805
Map Sheet:SX78SW
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishManaton
Ecclesiastical ParishMANATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • National Monuments Record: SX78SW12
  • National Record of the Historic Environment: 445638
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX78SW/46
  • Old SAM County Ref: 862
  • Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division: SX78SW12

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Royal Air Force, 13/04/1947, RAF/CPE/UK/1995, 4356 (Aerial Photograph). SDV224714.

Ormerod, G. W., 1864, On the Hut Circles on the Eastern Side of Dartmoor, 305 (Article in Serial). SDV304174.

Ormerod notes several barrows on Hamildon Down.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1953, SX78SW12 (20/03/1953) (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV303271.

Hameldon Tor Cairn. A denuded cairn (37 feet diameter) with kerb of large stones (citing A. Fox, 1950).
(20/03/1953) Cairn diameter 14.0m, height 0.7m with no surrounding ditch. The large kerbstones referred to by Fox exist on northern half only. The cairn has been mutilated by an Ordnance Survey trig pillar and a conical mound of small stones of evidently modern date.

Ancient Monuments, 1971, Schedule description (Schedule Document). SDV303968.

(13/01/1971) Cairn on Hameldown Tor (diameter 14m, height 0.7m) Circular cairn. Remainder of kerb visible (11 stones). Remainder of cairn largely grassed over but head sized granite boulders visible (OS trig point and recent mound of stones on top).

Grinsell, L. V., 1978, Dartmoor Barrows, 154, Manaton 2 (Article in Serial). SDV273224.

(21/07/1972) Cairn crowned by modern stoneheap. Diameter 15.5m, height 0.7m.

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

Barrow visible and recorded.

Robinson, R., 1986, List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986 (Un-published). SDV345664.

(06/03/1986) Visited.

Turner, J. R., 1990, Ring Cairns, Stone Circles and Related Monuments on Dartmoor, 48 77/e54 (Article in Serial). SDV229817.

Platform circle surmounted by cairn. Ring of kerb stones, 9.5m diameter internally, enclosing flat-topped mound 0.4m high upon which there is a cairn 4.5m diameter and 1.5m high. There is also a modern stone heap.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV224714Aerial Photograph: Royal Air Force. 13/04/1947. RAF/CPE/UK/1995. Royal Air Force Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 4356.
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. 48 77/e54.
SDV273224Article in Serial: Grinsell, L. V.. 1978. Dartmoor Barrows. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 36. A5 Paperback. 154, Manaton 2.
SDV303271Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1953. SX78SW12 (20/03/1953). Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV303968Schedule Document: Ancient Monuments. 1971. Schedule description. The Schedule of Monuments. Unknown. [Mapped feature: #130718 ]
SDV304174Article in Serial: Ormerod, G. W.. 1864. On the Hut Circles on the Eastern Side of Dartmoor. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 20. Unknown. 305.
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.
SDV345664Un-published: Robinson, R.. 1986. List of Field Monument Warden Visits 1986. Lists of Field Monument Warden Visits. Printout.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 15 2021 11:39AM