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One of several cairns with cists south of Langcombe Brook

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: One of several cairns with cists south of Langcombe Brook

List entry Number: 1012282

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Shaugh Prior

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 02-Dec-1991

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10672

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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, give significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time. This cairn is a relatively well-preserved example close to the brook. Its relationship to other monuments 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 close to the southern bank of Langcombe Brook, to the west of a tributary stream. It consists of a mound 6m in diameter and 0.4m in height with a possible retaining kerb visible around the north side and a cist. The cist is 1.3m in length, 0.7m in width and 0.4m in depth. Both side stones and the western end stone are in place, the eastern end stone and coverstone have been displaced. There are several other cairns with cists in the Langcombe Brook valley.

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.

Selected Sources

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Devon County SMR SX66NW-42,

National Grid Reference: SX 61246 66306

Map

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