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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Money Pit cairn Alternative Name: Yar Tor cairn; Grinsell Widdecombe in the Moor 21; Turner E51; Dixon 69
Country: England County: Devon Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Princetown  Nearest Village: Dartmeet
Map Ref: SX6818173865  Landranger Map Number: 191
Latitude: 50.549644N  Longitude: 3.86199W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
3 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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TheCaptain visited on 3rd Dec 2022 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 3 Access: 4 Passing by the Money Pit cairn, had to go for a quick look. I also had a quick look for the southern, top, end of the treble stone row, but didn't follow it down the hill, as we were walking the other direction.

TheCaptain visited on 11th Apr 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 3 Access: 4 Looking lovely in the late afternoon sun

Catrinm visited - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4

SandyG have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3 Ambience: 3.33 Access: 4

Money Pit cairn
Money Pit cairn submitted by Antonine : With Sharp Tor behind, 2010 (Vote or comment on this photo)
This site has often been referred to as a stone circle, but it is in fact the remains of a round barrow with a double retaining kerb circle with diameter of c.3m and interior cist. 2 partially destroyed and badly robbed stone rows descend form the circle at the NNW and the SSE.

Update August 2019: This platform cairn circle and cist is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Yar Tor (Money Pit) Platform Cairn Circle and Cist.

The cairn and cist is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 442883 and scheduled as part of Historic England List ID 1003288 (Yar Tor stone row and adjacent cist). The Devon and Dartmoor HER also includes a record for MDV6460 (Cairn near Yar Tor stone row, Yartor Down).

The Stone Rows of Great Britain website includes a plan of the Yar Tor stone row, with the Money Pit Cairn at its south eastern end; see the Yar Tor Stone Row and Sea Views at Yar Tor.

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Money Pit cairn
Money Pit cairn submitted by bec-zog : Yar Tor Stone rows & Burial cysts. SX682738 Triple stone rows can be found buried in heather & bracken ~ 450 metres in length. At SE end there is a Round Barrow with burial cyst (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Money Pit cairn submitted by TheCaptain : Money Pit cairn on a chilly December 2022 morning (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Money Pit cairn submitted by SandyG : View from above and north west. (14th May 2015). (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Money Pit cairn submitted by Bladup : Money Pit cairn. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Money Pit cairn submitted by simonsworn : View to the south along the length of the row, Sharp Tor in the background is framed within the outer ring of the 'money pit' cairn. The original shape of the cairn would very likely have mirrored the tor's silhouette. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Money Pit cairn
Money Pit cairn submitted by simonsworn : The 'money pit' cairn at the higher, southern-most end of the stone row, facing west.

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Money Pit cairn submitted by Antonine : With Yar Tor, 2010 (2 comments)

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Money Pit cairn submitted by Antonine : Photo taken in 2010

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Money Pit cairn submitted by SandyG : Cairn in the foreground with Sharp Tor in the background. (14th May 2015).

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Money Pit cairn submitted by SandyG : View from above and east. (14th May 2015).

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Money Pit cairn submitted by SandyG : View from south east of the Money Pit Cairn. The adjacent stone row leads away downhill from near here. (14th May 2015).

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Money Pit cairn submitted by SandyG : Cairn in the foreground with Yar Tor behind. View from east. (14th May 2015).

Money Pit cairn
Money Pit cairn submitted by AngieLake : Found this early photo (1895) showing the cairn as it was before being damaged by road menders. (Unknown source, Devon Library Services P & D 41, 966. Neg. H/B/61) From book 'A Dartmoor Century 1883-1983. One hundred years of the Dartmoor Preservation Association.' (Their copyright, 1983).

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Money Pit Cairns submitted by caradoc68 : This small cairn seems to have a small impression in the top of it just like the old so called early excavators used to dig a cairn or barrow in from the top with a shovel and pick.

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Money Pit Cairns submitted by caradoc68 : Meant to be field clearance and I can see why as it is right next to a field boundary but some thing tells me that this is a small cairn.

Money Pit cairn
Money Pit cairn submitted by bec-zog : Yar Tor Stone rows & Burial cysts. @SX 682738 Round Barrow with burial cyst . Near Dartmeet

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Re: Yar Tor by TheCaptain on Tuesday, 22 February 2005
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Paraphrasing from Butler - An unusual little enclosure constructed by connecting two of the rock masses on the summit... foundations of a hut circle by the north rocks..... to the south a cairn has been built, now rearranged to form an elaborate shelter....
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Re: Yar Tor by AngieLake on Monday, 21 February 2005
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On the very summit of this tor is a ruined monument which I am not sure of - is it a cairn, or a round hut? The overall shape is circular, and if it were all covered in stones would be a straightforward cairn, but as it stands today, the entrance is via a clockwise curving passage around about one third or so of its south?west? - (sorry, didn't have my compass) perimeter, leading into the circular interior. A bit like a spiral, or horizontal snail shell, or a squashed figure '6''s, or '9''s mirror-image.
Next time I go up there I will take a piccy.
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