Round cairn 340m east of White Tor summit
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1007981
Date first listed: 11-Jan-1965
Date of most recent amendment: 14-Jan-1993
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: West Devon (District Authority)
Parish: Peter Tavy
National Park: DARTMOOR
National Grid Reference: SX 54595 78698
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-
Despite evidence for partial excavation, the round cairn 340m south of White Tor summit survives comparatively well and forms part of a widely dispersed group of at least fourteen cairns on the southern and eastern slopes of White Tor. This area contains abundant archaeological evidence relating to Prehistoric settlement and land-use and these funerary monuments are an important constituent part of this Bronze Age upland landscape.
This monument includes a round cairn situated on a gentle south-east facing
slope overlooking the valley of the River Walkham. The cairn mound measures
6m in diameter and stands up to 0.4m high. A hollow in the centre of the
mound measuring 3m in diameter and 0.3m deep is the result of a partial
excavation carried out by the Dartmoor Exploration Committee in 1899. This
work recovered a perforated stone. A kerb of small stones defines the outer
edge of the mound.
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: 22206
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX57NW52.1,
National Archaeological Record, SX57NW7,
Robinson, R, AM 107 Two round barrows and cist E of White Tor, (1983)
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