Round cairn on Standon Hill


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1016253

Date first listed: 19-Jan-1962

Date of most recent amendment: 25-Sep-1997


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: West Devon (District Authority)

Parish: Peter Tavy

National Park: DARTMOOR

National Grid Reference: SX 55523 81481


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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 part robbing, the round cairn on Standon Hill survives comparatively well and contains archaeological information relating to the monument and the environment in which it was constructed. Its position on a hilltop suggests that it is likely to have also served as a major territorial marker.


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The monument includes a round cairn situated near the summit of Standon Hill overlooking Bodmin Moor and the lowland west of Dartmoor. The cairn measures 22m in diameter, stands up to 1.8m high, is composed of stones and is built against a tor. Three distinct hollows within the mound may be the result of early part excavation, robbing or construction of shelters. The southern edge of the mound is defined by a drystone revetment standing up to 1.3m high, whilst a similar revetment on the northern side is 0.5m high.

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: 28784

Legacy System: RSM


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX58SE3, (1985)

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