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Submitted by AngieLake on Sunday, 22 April 2007  Page Views: 3875

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down)
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Ashburton  Nearest Village: Widecombe in the Moor
Map Ref: SX70687909
Latitude: 50.597167N  Longitude: 3.828554W
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.
3 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
5

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TheCaptain visited on 6th Dec 2022 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 3 From the field wall corner can be seen the next large barrow, a bit further to the south, but within the enclosed field on the western side of the wall. I didn’t cross into the field for a closer look.

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Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down)
Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down) submitted by davep : The Blackaton Down North Cairn, from the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website (site 586). Photograph taken 19th August 2017. (Vote or comment on this photo)
On the map in Butler's Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities Vol. One - The East, he refers to this barrow or cairn as a 'Bowl'. It lies just to the south of Two Barrows, and inside the field whose wall is supported by Two Barrows (south). It is ok to enter the field to take a look, but remember to close the gate carefully. "Turf-covered and with a shallow central trench." was Butler's description.

Update August 2019: This cairn is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website - see their entry for the Blackaton Down N. Cairn. The cairn is also one of two Bronze Age cairns (the earthwork remains of) recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 445086, and Devon & Dartmoor MDV7413 (Cairn on Hamel Down 160m south-east of Two Barrows).
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Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down)
Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down) submitted by TheCaptain : From the field wall corner can be seen the next large barrow, a bit further to the south, but within the enclosed field on the western side of the wall. I didn’t cross into the field for a closer look. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down)
Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down) submitted by TheCaptain (Vote or comment on this photo)

Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down)
Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down) submitted by AngieLake : Very close to Bowl Barrow, (Blackaton Down north cairn) and its saucer-shaped neighbour, was this huge slab of stone in the field wall. I wondered if it once formed a capstone to a central cist. It was about 5ft tall. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down)
Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down) submitted by AngieLake : The first Bowl Barrow approached from the south along Hamel Down's ridge. Also known (Butler) as Blackaton Down north cairn. Here it looks quite imposing, but is nowhere near as large as the higher Broad Barrow. The scattered sheep's bones in the foreground gave the scene a rather macabre ambience! (Vote or comment on this photo)

Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down)
Blackaton Down north (Hamel Down) submitted by AngieLake : One of my first views of this Bowl Barrow (Blackaton Down north cairn) was through the collapsed section of a drystone field wall. Here looking northwest.

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 71m SE 134° Blackaton Down south (Hamel Down)* Cairn (SX70737904)
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 817m N 351° Broad Barrow (Hamel Down)* Round Barrow(s) (SX70577990)
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