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Piles Hill

Cairn(s)

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There are two definite and one possible cairns on Piles Hill. Descriptions from Pastscape:

"(SX 65336084) Cairn

A cairn of rare type, consisting of a central mound, surrounded by a fairly level platform which is enclosed in an outer bank.

A bell-cairn of Wessex type situated at 387m. O.D. in a prominent position on Piles Hill. It is 29.0m. in overall diameter and comprises a platform 0.3m. high with the perimeter raised to a height of 0.5m. by the formation of a bank of stones incorporating a possible double row of orthostats although only the tops of these protrude. Centrally placed within the platform is a mound 17.0m. in diameter and 0.7m. high; it has suffered minor depredations with evidence of an excavation trench on the north side. The cairn could be described as a rimmed platform with central mound and is not common though examples occur in Cornwall on St. Breock Downs and Bodmin moor.

(SX 65326099) Cairn

A cairn 12.5m. in diameter and 1.1m. high situated on Piles Hill at about 385m. above O.D. There is an eccentric hollow in the mound, 4.0m. across and 1.0m. deep probably from excavation, but both the hollow and the mound are now mostly turf-covered.

(SX 65356104) Possible Cairn

At SX 65356104, 100m. north east of a cairn
(SX 66 SE 52), there is a circular mound measuring 8.5m. in overall diameter and 0.3m. high with a flat top 4.5m. across. It is not an obvious cairn since the mound appears to be of soil with no surface stone. There is however nothing to suggest that it is of modern origin and it is possibly a small bowl barrow, or perhaps an old peat mound."
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
7th July 2010ce
Edited 7th July 2010ce

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