Cairn south-east of Ringmoor Cottage

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012245

Date first listed: 11-Jun-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 07-Jan-1992

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn south-east of Ringmoor Cottage
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Location

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County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Sheepstor

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 56031 66260

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 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. Despite some disturbance, this is a well-preserved example of a cairn and it occupies a prominent position on the brow of a hill and is near a major reave. Its relationship to other monuments indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of life and land division 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 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 surrounding ditch. This cairn lies on the brow of Ringmoor Down approximately 125m north-west of Eylesbarrow Reave. It is a grass-covered mound 22m in diameter and up to 1m in height with a hollow centre, suggesting that it has been partly disturbed. It lies 60m north of another cairn and within a few hundred metres of a stone row, other cairns and an enclosure.

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

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Legacy System number: 10585

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978)
Other
SX 56 NE 013,

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