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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Marden Down East Alternative Name: Mardon Down E
Country: England County: Devon Type: Ring Cairn
Nearest Town: Mortonhampstead
Map Ref: SX76908760
Latitude: 50.675006N  Longitude: 3.743543W
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.
4 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 26th Feb 2019 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 3 Access: 4 Heading southwest up to the top of Mardon Hill, and about halfway up there is a recently cleared area by the path, with the clear remains of a ring cairn which I was not expecting to see from my quick look in Butler before heading off for the day, which basically states that there are probably other cairns on the down, but the whole hill is overgrown with gorse and bracken making everything hard to find! This pattern held for the rest of my visit, as the local commoners have taken it upon themselves to hunt down and clear the large amount of archaeology there is to be found here, from cairns and the stone circle, through reaves, right through to mortar pits, trenches and even railway making exercises carried out by the American soldiers based here before the D-Day invasions.

Marden Down East
Marden Down East submitted by TheCaptain : Heading up to the top of Mardon Hill from the Headless Cross, and about halfway up there is a recently cleared area by the path, with the clear remains of a ring cairn, which I was not expecting to see from my quick look in Butler before heading off for the day. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Head southwest up towards the top of Mardon Hill from the Headless Cross, and about halfway up there is the clear remains of a ring cairn.

Information about the Mardon Down (E) Stone Ring Cairn Circle comes from the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website, where it features in their Mardon Down Stone Circle and Cairns walk. Their notes tell us this is a "circular earthwork, possibly a ring cairn, the north-west corner of which has been destroyed where it abuts a footpath. Internal diameter 13.3 metres with a bank 2.5 metres wide and 0.6 metres high."

The PDW web page gives links to further information on Pastscape, Monument Number 445402, which adds that "it may represent the remains of a robbed cairn or enclosure ... situated on a slight east slope below the crest of Mardon Down ... the lower interior may be the result of scrape-up for the bank since no outer ditch is visible. No entrance can be discerned ... the bank is of stone rubble overgrown with furze."

The cairn is also recorded as MDV12771 on the Devon and Dartmoor HER. This site is not a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
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Marden Down East
Marden Down East submitted by TheCaptain : Heading up to the top of Mardon Hill from the Headless Cross, and about halfway up there is a recently cleared area by the path, with the clear remains of a ring cairn, which I was not expecting to see from my quick look in Butler before heading off for the day. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Marden Down East
Marden Down East submitted by TheCaptain (Vote or comment on this photo)

Marden Down East
Marden Down East submitted by TheCaptain (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Nearby Images from Geograph Britain and Ireland:
SX7787 : Mardon Down: old quarry by Martin Bodman
by Martin Bodman
©2015(licence)
SX7687 : Cairn Circle, Mardon Down by Chris Andrews
by Chris Andrews
©2014(licence)
SX7687 : Cairn circle on Mardon Down by Guy Wareham
by Guy Wareham
©2010(licence)
SX7787 : Headless Cross, Mardon Down by Roger Cornfoot
by Roger Cornfoot
©2008(licence)
SX7787 : The Headless Cross on Mardon Down by David Gearing
by David Gearing
©2012(licence)

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