Cairn in north-east corner of Lower Piles

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1009575

Date first listed: 02-Dec-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn in north-east corner of Lower Piles
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Location

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

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Harford

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 64563 61084

Summary

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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. This cairn is a well-preserved example and occupies a hillside position in an area of concentrated settlement. Its relationship to other monuments of the same type also indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of Prehistoric life on this part of the Moor.

History

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Details

Many examples of Prehistoric funerary monuments are preserved on Dartmoor, mostly dating to the Bronze Age (c.2500-500 BC). To celebrate or commemorate the dead, mounds of earth or stone were piled in a roughly hemispherical shape over the burial, which was sometimes contained in a small rectangular structure, or cist, made of stone slabs. Some monuments also include kerbstones marking the outer edge of the mound and a surrounding ditch. This cairn, in the north-east corner of Lower Piles, is 10 m. in diameter and 1 metre high. It is built of earth and stone and is turf-covered, with a central hollow.

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.

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 10526

Legacy System: RSM

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