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Cairn 430m north west of Quarterwall Cottages, Lundy

List Entry Summary

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 Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Cairn 430m north west of Quarterwall Cottages, Lundy

List entry Number: 1016013

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: Torridge

District Type: District Authority

Parish:

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 10-Jun-1998

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 27632

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 430m north west of Quarterwall Cottages survives well and is known, from Bronze Age artefacts found at the site, to contain archaeological remains which provide evidence for the cairn's construction and use, as well as the environmental conditions prevalent at the time.

History

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Details

The monument includes a large cairn 430m north west of the Quarterwall Cottages. The cairn, which is constructed of small and medium sized stones, is 0.4m high at the centre, and 16m in diameter. The cairn appears to have been untouched by past excavation. A blue bead and flakes of flint, exposed by rabbits, were found at this site in 1996.

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.

Selected Sources

Other
Wainwright, Angus , (1996)

National Grid Reference: SS 13419 45166

Map

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