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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Great Gnat's Head Cairn Alternative Name: Grinsell Shaugh Prior 2
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Princetown  Nearest Village: Sheepstor
Map Ref: SX6165767908
Latitude: 50.494596N  Longitude: 3.951811W
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:
2Not Good
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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Great Gnat's Head Cairn
Great Gnat's Head Cairn submitted by Anne T : The Great Gnat's Head Cairn. Submitted on behalf of Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Cairn in Devon

Featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks website, the Great Gnat's Head Cairn is described as "a Bronze Age summit cairn, now badly disturbed by a conical walkers cairn built in the SW quadrant. It measures 8.5m in diameter, the outer slope is 0.3m high and the interior is scooped to a depth of 0.3m -small boulders and upright slabs are visible. The conical cairn is 2.6m in diameter and 1.5m high."

Further information can also be found on the Pastscape website, see Monument Number 441568, which adds that this is "a disturbed cairn set on a slight rise on a rounded highpoint at 46.9m above OD with panoramic vistas in every direction."

The Devon & Dartmoor HER MDV13177 (Round cairn on the summit of Great Gnat's Head) dates the cairn anywhere from the Early Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age (4000 BC to 701 BC). The cairn is also scheduled as Historic England List ID 1015740(Round cairn on the summit of Great Gnat's Head).
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