Cairn west of Stalldown
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1012708
Date first listed: 06-Nov-1991
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: South Hams (District Authority)
National Park: DARTMOOR
National Grid Reference: SX 62844 62309
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 cairn is a well-preserved example with its cist and retaining kerb surviving. Its proximity to the cairns and stone alignment of the Stalldown indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of prehistoric life on this part of the Moor.
Many examples of prehistoric funerary monuments are preserved on Dartmoor,
mostly dating to the Bronze Age (2500 - 500BC). 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 made of stone slabs (cist). Some monuments also include kerbstones
marking the outer edge of the mound and surrounding ditch.
This cairn is 6m. in diameter and 0.5 m. high, with part of its retaining
kerb around the mound and three sides of a robbed cist, 1.2m. by 0.4m.,
remaining in the mound.
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: 10508
Legacy System: RSM
Devon County SMR (Re Stalldown),
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