Cairn 530m west of Quarterwall Cottages, Lundy

Overview

Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016012

Date first listed: 10-Jun-1998

Map

Ordnance survey map of Cairn 530m west of Quarterwall Cottages, Lundy
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Location

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County: Devon

District: Torridge (District Authority)

National Grid Reference: SS 13270 45025

Summary

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Reasons for Designation

Lundy is a small, steep sided island in the Bristol Channel, 16m north of Hartland Point, north Devon. Aligned north-south, it is 6km long by 1km wide and supports a predominately moorland vegetation. The 100m high cliffs and tabular form give it a striking appearance, visible in clear weather from parts of south west England and south Wales. Lundy's remoteness and (until the 19th century construction of the Beach Road) its inaccessibility, combined with a lack of shelter and cultivable soils, has meant that it has escaped more recent occupation or development. It therefore preserves a remarkable variety of archaeological sites from early prehistory (c.8000 BC) onwards, representing evidence for habitation, fortification, farming and industry. There are also archaeological remains in the waters surrounding the island - over 150 shipwrecks are already recorded. Most of the island's archaeology is well documented from detailed survey in the 1980s and 1990s. Cairns are funerary monuments found typically on the upland moors of south west England, northern Britain and Wales. They generally have mounds of earth and small stones covering one or more burials which associated artefacts have identified as being of Bronze Age date (2000-700 BC). Cairns are often conspicuously sited and may be found close to other contemporary monument classes, such as standing stones. The cairns on Lundy together constitute an especially important group. They survive in a landscape which has been little altered since prehistoric times and they can therefore be clearly seen and understood in terms of the topographic setting in which they were built.

The cairn 530m west of Quarterwall Cottages survives well and appears undisturbed by excavation. It will contain archaeological remains relating to the construction and use of the monument, as well as the environmental conditions prevalent at the time.

History

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Details

The monument includes a cairn situated on the moorland 530m west of Quarterwall Cottages, Lundy. The cairn is about 6m in diameter and is constructed of small and medium sized stones. It stands up to 0.3m high at the centre and, although spread, it appears undamaged by excavation.

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: 27631

Legacy System: RSM

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