Cairn near Ball Gate, Corringdon Ball


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1013039

Date first listed: 08-Nov-1991


Ordnance survey map of Cairn near Ball Gate, Corringdon Ball
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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: South Brent

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 66907 61331

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 lies in close proximity to a chambered cairn and another round cairn in a prominent position on flattish area on the 310m contour between two hills. Its relationship to other burial monuments in the immediate vicinity and to other cairns and several stone alignments within a few hundered metres, 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 (c.2500-500). 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 a surrounding ditch. This cairn lies 10m to the north-west of the chambered cairn at Ball Gate and another cairn which occupy a neck of land on the 310m contour which joins Corringdon Ball and Brent Fore Hill. It is a mound of earth and stone 6m in diameter and 0.3m in height and has a retaining circle of which six stones remain in situ, just breaking the turf. It is hollow in the centre, revealing a stone which may be the east endslab of a 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.


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

Legacy System number: 10571

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County SMR SX66SE-353,

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