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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Cut Hill Cairn
Country: England County: Devon Type: Cairn
Nearest Town: Okehampton  Nearest Village: Frenchbeer / Willsworthy
Map Ref: SX5982382745
Latitude: 50.627508N  Longitude: 3.983242W
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
2 Ambience:
2Not Good
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.
2 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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SandyG visited on 6th May 2018 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 1

Cut Hill Cairn
Cut Hill Cairn submitted by SandyG : View from above and east of the barrow at Cut Hill (Scale 1m). The ditch around the barrow is clearly visible from this angle. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Cairn in Devon

This cairn was originally posted as being the southern terminal of the Cut Hill Stone Row. Thanks to a query about the grid reference, which now places the cairn some 60 metres from the end of the row, Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks have clarified the relationship between the stone row and this cairn:

"Following a 2004 visit to this site, Tom Greeves wrote: 'The row is tangential to a ditched barrow on the very highest point of Cut Hill, 58m WSW of the most south-westerly stone of the row. A projected line of the row would pass within about 22m of the centre of the barrow. The barrow itself consists of a superficially almost stone-free mound some 14m in diameter and about 1.5m in height. Beyond the mound there are suggestions of a berm about 1.5m wide, and then a surrounding ditch about 2m wide, defined by an outer ring bank also up to about 2m wide. Not all these elements are distinct all the way round the barrow. The waterlogged ditch is a particularly unusual feature to be visible on a Dartmoor barrow'."

Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks adds: "Whilst undoubtedly these two structures will be always be considered together due to their proximity it could well be that they are separated by a large distance in time in terms of construction. The row has been carbon dated to 'the second half of the fourth millennium BC'. That is in stark contrast to the second millennium BC date currently given to almost all other stone rows on Dartmoor. The Cut Hill stone row is Neolithic. The other stone rows are Early Bronze Age or very Late Neolithic ..... The description of the cairn given by Greeves is not of a typical Dartmoor cairn. This could suggest an early site. If it is contemporaneous with the stone row then it is something very interesting in that it pre-dates most Dartmoor cairns by more than 1000 years."

The cairn is described as a "barrow c20m overall diameter on the top of 'Cut Hill' at 603m OD (which) was observed during a field visit by Tom Greeves in 2004. The 1.5m high circular mound has a military range pole set in it & surface erosion has exposed a turf/peat core with a few stones. The surrounding ditch is over 1m wide & nearly filled with waterlogged vegetation."

For more information see Tom Greeves's 2004 report and the Portal entry for Cut Hill Stone Row.

Update September 2019: For more information about this cairn, see the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks (PDW) entry for the Cut Hill Cairn and Devon and Dartmoor HER MDV69603 (Prehistoric barrow circa 20 metres overall diameter on the top of Cut Hill).

For more information on the stone row and its relationship to this barrow, see the Stone Rows of Great Britain's entry for Cut Hill.
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Cut Hill Cairn
Cut Hill Cairn submitted by SandyG : A circular mound with a surrounding ditch beyond the south western end of the row has been identified as a barrow. Given its location this interpretation is attractive, but the possibility of it being a peat stack cannot be entirely dismissed. On balance however, particularly given the lack of any others in the vicinity the barrow interpretation seems the most probable. View from east (Scale 1m). (Vote or comment on this photo)

Cut Hill Cairn
Cut Hill Cairn submitted by Anne T : This cairn, at SX 59823 82745, marks the south terminal of the stone row. Picture courtesy of Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks: "Barrow c20m overall diameter on the top of 'Cut Hill' at 603m OD was observed during a field visit by Tom Greeves in 2004. The 1.5m high circular mound has a military range pole set in it & surface erosion has exposed a turf/peat core with a few stones. The surrounding ditch... (Vote or comment on this photo)

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