Cairn with a cist south-east of Shavercombe Tor


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012211

Date first listed: 29-Nov-1991


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

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Shaugh Prior

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 59600 65874


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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 is a comparatively well-preserved example of a cairn with a cist, situated on the valley slope. Its relationship to other cairns indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of Prehistoric life on this part of the Moor.


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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 approximately 400m south-east of Shavercombe Tor and 50m south of Shavercombe Brook; it is one of several cairns in the immediate vicinity. The mound is 5m in diameter and 0.4m in height and has a low retaining kerb of at least eight stones up to 0.5m wide and 0.2m in height. The four slabs of the cist remain in place, the western side slab is 1.6m in length and extends beyond the southern end slab, the eastern side slab is 0.8m in length and there is a gap at either end between it and the end slabs. The northern end slab is 0.7m long, and the southern one is 0.6m long with a gap between it and the end slabs. Internally the cist measures 1m in length, 0.7m in width and 0.6m in depth.

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.


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Legacy System number: 10651

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Proc. Devon Arch. Soc.' in Dartmoor Barrows (0305 5795), , Vol. 36, (1978), 163
Devon County SMR SX56NE-178, Devon County SMR SX56NE-178,

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