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Cairn and cist 600m north east of Routrundle

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 and cist 600m north east of Routrundle

List entry Number: 1019578

Location

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

County: Devon

District: West Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Walkhampton

National Park: DARTMOOR

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 27-Sep-1974

Date of most recent amendment: 09-Mar-2001

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 28780

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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. Cists are small rectangular stone structures used for burial purposes and date to the Bronze Age. On Dartmoor they are made up of regular stone slabs forming a box-like structure sometimes topped by a larger coverstone. Short cists survive as free-standing monuments, with no enclosing stone and earth cairn. On Dartmoor cists are also associated with cairns, ring cairns and cairnfield groups, but these free-standing examples form a separate group in their own right. Their longevity, having been in use for a millennium or so, provides insight into the range of ceremonial and ritual practices of the contemporary farming communities. The Dartmoor examples provide one of the best preserved and most dense concentrations of this class of monument in south-western Britain and, as such, a high proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of protection.

Despite partial excavation, the cairn and cist 600m north east of Routrundle survive well and will contain environmental and archaeological information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The cist in particular represents an important educational resource.

History

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Details

The monument includes a cairn containing a cist situated on a gentle north west facing slope overlooking Ingra Tor. The cairn survives as a 7.6m diameter mound standing up to 0.8m high. Large stones protrude through the surface of the cairn, but there is no trace of a kerb. A hollow in the centre of the mound contains a cist which is partially obscured at the northern end by the capstone. The cist survives as a stone lined pit measuring 1.24m long by 0.66m wide and 0.45m deep and would have originally contained a human burial. This has been revealed by past 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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1994), 51

National Grid Reference: SX 55872 72083

Map

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