Cairn south-east of Nattor

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012283

Date first listed: 11-Jun-1965

Date of most recent amendment: 22-Oct-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn south-east of Nattor
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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 57384 67181

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. This cairn is situated close to the important watershed reave at Eylesbarrow. Its relationship to several other cairns and enclosures indicates the wealth of evidence relating to occupation and to the ritual side of 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 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 immediately to the south of the road, south-west of Nattor Farm. It is 20m in diameter and 1m in height, it consists of a mound built of small stones and earth and is reported to have contained a cist, though this is not visible. It lies approximately 75m north-west of Eylesbarrow Reave and within 500m of several other cairns and enclosures. The mound has been damaged, probably during the enclosure of farm land immediately to the north of the road.

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

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 10582

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 166
Other
Devon SMR, SX56NE-009,

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