Cairn with a cist north of Whittenknowles Rocks

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1010657

Date first listed: 20-Feb-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn with a cist north of Whittenknowles Rocks
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Location

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County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Sheepstor

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 58692 67838

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 provides 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.2500-1000 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 densest concentrations of round cairns in south-western Britain.

History

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Details

This cairn with a cist lies on a north-west facing slope north of Whittenknowles Rocks and south of Combeshead Tor. It consists of a mound 6m in diameter and up to 0.4m in height, with a cist, placed off centre and orientated north-west/south-east, and a retaining kerb of six stones. The cist is 1.7m in length, 1.2m in width and 0.3m in depth. The south-west side is composed of two slabs, both sides and ends are present, the coverstone lies on the north-east side.

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: 10737

Legacy System: RSM

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