Platform cairn on Dinnever Hill, 510m north of Camperdown Farm
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1007767
Date first listed: 29-May-1974
Date of most recent amendment: 28-Mar-1994
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish: St. Breward
National Grid Reference: SX 12293 79610
Reasons for Designation
Bodmin Moor, the largest of the Cornish granite uplands, has long been
recognised to have exceptional preservation of archaeological remains. The
Moor has been the subject of detailed archaeological survey and is one of the
best recorded upland landscapes in England. The extensive relict landscapes of
prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval date provide direct evidence for human
exploitation of the Moor from the earliest prehistoric period onwards. The
well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, field
systems, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains
provides significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land
use through time. Platform cairns are funerary monuments covering single or
multiple burials and dating to the Early Bronze Age (c.2000-1600 BC). They
were constructed as low flat-topped mounds of stone rubble up to 40m in
external diameter. Some examples have other features, including peripheral
banks and internal mounds, constructed on this platform. A kerb of edge-set
stones sometimes bounds the edges of the platform, bank or mound, or all
three. Platform cairns occur as isolated monuments, in small groups, or in
cairn cemeteries. In the latter instances they are normally found alongside
cairns of other types. Although no precise figure is available, current
evidence indicates that there are under 250 known examples of this monument
class nationally. As a rare monument type exhibiting considerable variation in
form, a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of
This platform cairn on Dinnever Hill has survived substantially intact. Despite minor disturbance from an unrecorded antiquarian excavation near its centre, this cairn retains clear evidence for its original and unusual form. The proximity of this cairn to other broadly contemporary cairns, ritual monuments, settlement sites and field systems demonstrates well the organisation and development of land use during the Bronze Age and the relationship of funerary practices with settlement and ritual activities among prehistoric communities.
The monument includes a prehistoric funerary platform cairn situated on a
slight crest on the northern midslope of Dinnever Hill on north-west Bodmin
The cairn is visible as a circular platform of heaped rubble, 11.5m in
diameter, with sides rising steeply to a flat upper surface, 7.5m in diameter
and centred slightly south of the cairn's centre. The upper surface is
generally 0.5m high, sloping in conformity with the surrounding hillslope, but
it is 0.8m on the northern side where the hillslope drops more steeply from
the natural crest. The perimeter of the upper surface has a slightly raised
rubble rim, 0.75m wide and up to 0.15m high. An unrecorded antiquarian
excavation has produced a circular hollow, 4m in diameter and 0.3m deep, in
the southern part of the upper surface; spoil from this excavation has been
heaped around the northern edge of the hollow.
This monument is located in one of several areas of Bodmin Moor that contain
an unusually large grouping of prehistoric ritual and funerary monuments. In
this grouping, in the vicinity of this monument, other prehistoric cairns of
various types are located 250m to the south and 310m to the ENE on Dinnever
Hill. Broadly contemporary ritual monuments nearby include the Stannon Stone
Circle, 460m to the north-east, within sight of this cairn on an adjacent
spur, and a ritual stone setting, 500m to the NNE. Prehistoric hut circle
settlements, field systems and linear boundaries are situated on this
hillslope from 60m to the north-west and 160m to the east of this monument.
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: 15282
Legacy System: RSM
consulted 1993, Carter, A./CAU/RCHME, 1:2500 AP plots and field traces for SX 1279-80 & SX 1379,
consulted 1993, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1972.1,
Mercer, R.J., AM7 scheduling documentation for CO 897, 1973, consulted 1993; cairn 'A'
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing