Cairn south-east of Ringmoor Cottage
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1012254
Date first listed: 11-Jun-1965
Date of most recent amendment: 24-Oct-1991
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: West Devon (District Authority)
National Park: DARTMOOR
National Grid Reference: SX 56025 66191
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 cairn and occupies a prominent position on the brow of a hill and is close to a major watershed reave. Its relationship to other monuments indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of life on this part of the Moor.
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 90m north-west
of Eylesbarrow Reave. It is 21m in diameter and 0.7m in height, with a
hollow centre and an uneven surface, suggesting that it has been partly
disturbed. It lies within a hundred metres of another cairn and within a few
hundred metres of a stone row, 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.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: 10586
Legacy System: RSM
Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 166
Devon SMR, SX56NE-014,
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.
End of official listing