One of a number of cairns with cists south of Shavercombe Brook


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012214

Date first listed: 29-Nov-1991


Ordnance survey map of One of a number of cairns with cists south of Shavercombe Brook
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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 59636 65775


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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 occupies a prominent position 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 south of Shavercombe Brook and south-east of Shavercombe Tor. It consists of a mound 4.5m in diameter and 0.6m in height with three stones of a retaining kerb around its west side, which are up to 1m in width and 0.6m in height. Three slabs of the cist remain giving dimensions of 0.9m in length, 0.5m in width and 0.8m in depth. The slabs of the cist were repositioned during excavation in 1900. 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.


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Legacy System number: 10653

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Worth, R H, 'Trans. Devon Assoc.' in 20th Report of the Barrow Committee, , Vol. 33, (1901), 119
Devon County SMR SX56NE-169, Devon County SMR SX56NE-169,

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