One of a group of three cairns on Ringmoor Down

Overview

Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
1012085
Date first listed:
21-Oct-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of One of a group of three cairns on Ringmoor Down
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Location

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

County:
Devon
District:
West Devon (District Authority)
Parish:
Sheepstor
National Park:
DARTMOOR
National Grid Reference:
SX 56274 66258

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. This cairn, one of a group of three on Ringmoor Down, is a well-preserved example. Its relationship to other monuments indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual and economic sides of life on this part of the Moor.

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 is one of a group of three on a south-east facing slope on Ringmoor Down. They lie within 40m south-east of Eylesbarrow watershed reave and within 250m of the Ringmoor Down stone alignment. This cairn is 5m in diameter and 0.4m in height, with a possible retaining kerb and a shallow hollow in the centre.

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

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
10666
Legacy System:
RSM

Sources

Other
Devon County SMR SX56NE-354,

Legal

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.

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