Round cairn on the summit of Little Hound Tor
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- West Devon (District Authority)
- South Tawton
- National Park:
- National Grid Reference:
- SX 63287 89938
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 partial early excavation, the round cairn on the summit of Little Hound Tor survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was erected. This cairn lies in close proximity to three other cairns, a standing stone and a stone circle.
This monument includes a round cairn situated on the summit of Little Hound
Tor. This cairn forms part of a discrete cluster of monuments including at
least four cairns, a stone circle and a standing stone. The cairn mound
measures 10m in diameter and stands up to 0.9m high. A trench cut through the
centre of the mound suggests partial early excavation or robbing. A large
earthfast granite slab forms the western side of the mound.
A modern pile of stones measuring 2m in diameter and standing up to 0.7m high
sits on top of the cairn.
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:
- Legacy System:
Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 170
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX68NW5, (1986)
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,
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