MDE11738 - Cairn on Butter Hill (Monument)


A cairn, 7.4m in diameter and 0.4m high, is set just below the crest of a west-facing slope. Its location is typical of a Bronze Age burial cairn, though it could be a stone clearance heap.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

SS 7065 4551. A cairn situated at about 298m above OD in improved moorland on the northern spur of Butter Hill. It is evident as a turf-covered stony mound, 7.4m diameter and 0.4m in maximum height, set on a gentle W-facing slope just below the crest of the hill and 22m NW of the track from Thornworthy to Woolhanger. It may be no more than a stone clearance heap but its situation, from and proximity to other prehistoric sites to the NW on Barham Hill suggest it could possibly be a prehistoric sepulchral cairn. Surveyed at 1:2500. [1] An earthwork mound appears to be shown in this location on the Lynton and Lynmouth Tithe Map. [2]

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation.
  • <2> Map: 1840. Lynton and Lynmouth Parish Tithe Map and Apportionment.



Grid reference SS 7064 4550 (point)
Map sheet SS74NW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 53800
  • Devon SMR: SS74NW/225
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21529
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 NW74
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 926319

Record last edited

Mar 27 2018 1:46PM


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