Cairn with a cist, the eastern one of two between Langcombe Brook and Deadman's Bottom

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012289

Date first listed: 14-Mar-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 02-Dec-1991

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn with a cist, the eastern one of two between Langcombe Brook and Deadman's Bottom
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Location

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County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Shaugh Prior

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 60993 66699

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 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 is a relatively well-preserved example close to another example of this type. Its relationship to the latter and 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 is the eastern one of two which lie on a west-facing slope between Langcombe Brook and Deadman's Bottom. It consists of a mound 5m in diameter and 0.2m in height with a square cist. The cist measures 1m square and retains all its end and side slabs. A slab which may have been its coverstone lies in the cist.

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: 10675

Legacy System: RSM

Sources

Other
Devon County SMR SX66NW-038,

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