Round cairn and cist 560m north of Grim's Grave


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1015751

Date first listed: 18-Sep-1998


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn and cist 560m north of Grim's Grave
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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 61198 66977


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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. Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as earthen or rubble mounds, the latter predominating in areas of upland Britain where such raw materials were locally available in abundance. Round cairns may cover single or multiple burials and are sometimes surrounded by an outer ditch. Often occupying prominent locations, they are a major visual element in the modern landscape. Their considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection. Dartmoor provides one of the best preserved and most dense concentrations of round cairns in south- western Britain.

Despite partial excavation the round cairn and cist 560m north of Grim's Grave survives well, forms part of a discrete group of cairns and contains archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The survival of the cover slab on top of the cist is an unusual characteristic. This monument forms part of a well preserved, extensive and complex archaeological landscape.


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This monument includes a round cairn containing a cist overlooking Deadmans Bottom and forming part of a dispersed group of funerary monuments. The cairn mound measures 5.5m in diameter, stands up to 0.6m and has been excavated to reveal a cist orientated SSE to NNW. The cist is still covered by a large cover slab, which measures 1.44m long by 0.94m wide. The cover slab has however been displaced and now sits slightly diagonally over the cist. The interior of the cist measures 0.86m long by 0.48m wide. The edge of the cairn is denoted in at least two places by edge set stones which indicate the presence of a kerb which may survive elsewhere as a buried feature.

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: 28791

Legacy System: RSM


Thackray, C., The Upper Plym Valley: The management of an historic landscape, 1994, Archaeological Site Inventory

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