Round cairn 1060m ENE of Wedlake Farm


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007553

Date first listed: 18-Mar-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 19-Jan-1993


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Peter Tavy

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 54836 77640


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Reasons for Designation

Dartmoor is the largest expanse of open moorland in southern Britain and, because of exceptional conditions of preservation, it is also one of the most complete examples of an upland relict landscape in the whole country. The great wealth and diversity of archaeological remains provide direct evidence for human exploitation of the Moor from the early prehistoric period onwards. The well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, major land boundaries, trackways, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains, gives significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, the latter predominating in areas of upland Britain where such raw materials were locally available in abundance. Round cairns may cover single or multiple burials and are sometimes surrounded by an outer ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major visual element in the modern landscape. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection. Dartmoor provides one of the best preserved and most dense concentrations of round cairns in south- western Britain.

Despite partial excavation, the round cairn 1060m east-north-east of Wedlake Farm survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. It is situated midway between two large Bronze Age settlements and may thus also be a territorial marker.


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This monument includes a round cairn situated on the summit of a hill overlooking the valley of the river Walkham. The cairn mound measures 15m in diameter and stands up to 0.7m high. A shallow hollow in the centre of the mound is probably the result of a partial excavation by Baring-Gould in 1898. This work revealed a pit cut into the subsoil containing a burial and charcoal. A ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction of the cairn, surrounds the mound. This has become partly infilled over the years, but survives as a slight earthwork 2m wide and 0.3m deep on the north side and as a buried feature elsewhere.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 20384

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Baring-Gould, S, 'Devonshire Association Transactions' in Sixth Report of the Dartmoor Exploration Committee, , Vol. 31, (1899), 152-3
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 161

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