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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Weatherdon Hill (Devon) Alternative Name: Grinsell Harford 14a; Turner A28; Butler (map 53.9.20)
Country: England County: Devon Type: Ring Cairn
Nearest Town: Ivybridge  Nearest Village: Harford
Map Ref: SX65165889
Latitude: 50.414358N  Longitude: 3.899203W
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
no data Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
no data 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.
no data 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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Possible Ring Cairn in Devon

Information about the Weatherdon Hill Stone Ring Cairn Circle comes from the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) website. Their notes tell us "this ring cairn has a diameter approx.5.6m ht. approx 0.15m. Altitude around 335-340m ..... a short distance south of cairn 2 on Weatherdon Hill."

The PDW web page gives links to further information on Pastscape, Monument Number 441237, which adds that this is a "possible ring cairn sited on a hill spur, found June 1976."

The cairn is also recorded as MDV13165 (RING CAIRN in the Parish of Harford) on the Devon and Dartmoor HER, which dates the ring cairn from the Early Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age (4000BC to 701BC). It is not scheduled but they do record the following details: "this would appear to refer to a small mound about 90m south of the cairn on the southern slope of the hill. It is a hollow-centred, grassy ring, with a group of small stones in the western segment ..... this part of the moor has been subjected to much disturbance through the centuries and there are many mounds and small excavations in what is naturally a rock-strewn neighbourhood; the identity of the site must remain in some doubt. Mr. Grinsell's NGR places his cairn about 20m south of the large cairn 2. At this short distance from the cairn on its south side there are two hollows which are evidently small excavations, probably for stone, of indeterminate date, but nothing that resembles a cairn or ring-cairn. Not very clearly visible on 1976 nmr ap (rchm app 1985). Internal diam 4.5m with bank 0.5m wide and 0.2m high. Turner suggests a link between the construction of this small ring cairn and the large cairn just to its north."

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