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


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1012292

Date first listed: 14-Mar-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 02-Dec-1991


Ordnance survey map of Cairn with a cist, the western one of two between Langcombe Brook and Deadman's Bottom
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Shaugh Prior

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 60955 66732


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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 with a cist is a relatively well-preserved example close to another monument of the same type. Its relationship to this and other monuments indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of Prehistoric life on this part of the Moor.


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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 on a west-facing slope between Langcombe Brook and Deadman's Bottom, close to another cairn and cist. It consists of a mound 5m in diameter and 0.3m in height with a retaining kerb on its northern side and a rectangular cist. The cist is 0.8m in length and 0.7m in width. It retains both end slabs and the eastern side, the other side slab and coverstone were noted nearby by Worth in 1890.

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.


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Legacy System number: 10676

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County SMR SX66NW-010,

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