Cairn with cist north of Shavercombe Brook

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012173

Date first listed: 05-Dec-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn with cist north of Shavercombe Brook
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Location

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County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Shaugh Prior

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 59814 65876

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 with a cist is a well-preserved example lying on the valley slope. Its relationship with other cairns 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 with a cist lies on a north-west facing slope south of Shavercombe Brook and south-east of Shavercombe Tor. It consists of an oval mound 7.5m in length by 6.5m in width and 0.9m in height with traces of a retaining kerb. It has a central cist 1.3m in length, 0.6m in width and 0.4m in depth, the eastern side slab of which is visible, the others are hidden by the mound. There is no coverstone present. There are several other cairns in the immediate vicinity.

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: 10655

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 164
Other
Devon County SMR SX 56 NE-168,

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