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Cairn with a cist, one of several cairns on Lee Moor

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Cairn with a cist, one of several cairns on Lee Moor

List entry Number: 1012042

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Shaugh Prior

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 27-Nov-1991

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10640

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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. Although the capstone is missing, this cairn with a cist is a relatively well- preserved example. Its relationship to other cairns indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of 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 (2500 - 500 BC). To celebrate or commemorate the dead, mounds of earth or stone were piled in 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 with a cist lies on a west-facing slope at the western end of Lee Moor, close to another cairn and is one of several on this part of Lee Moor. It consists of a mound 3m in diameter and 0.5m in height in an area with a lot of surface boulders. The cist is situated immediately to the east of a very large boulder, both side and ends slabs are present, the north and south sides are at an angle, but the coverstone is missing. The cist is 1.3m in length and 1m in width and is 0.4m in depth. There are traces of a possible retaining kerb.

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.

Selected Sources

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National Grid Reference: SX 58588 64334

Map

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