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Round cairn 340m north of Hare Tor

A Scheduled Monument in Lydford, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6427 / 50°38'33"N

Longitude: -4.0496 / 4°2'58"W

OS Eastings: 255174.997081

OS Northings: 84566.023696

OS Grid: SX551845

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.8X72

Mapcode Global: FRA 27DC.Q58

Entry Name: Round cairn 340m north of Hare Tor

Scheduled Date: 19 January 1962

Last Amended: 19 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007536

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20339

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Lydford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Lydford St Petroc

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

Details

This monument includes a round cairn situated on the crest of a prominent
ridge between Sharp Tor and Hare Tor overlooking Walla Brook. The cairn mound
measures 11.8m in diameter and stands up to 1.4m high. A shallow hollow in
the centre of the mound, filled with loose granite rubble, represents the site
of an uninformative partial excavation carried out in 1905. The edges of the
mound are steep sided indicating the presence of a kerb.

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.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 evidence for partial excavation, the round cairn 340m north of Hare
Tor survives well and contains archaeological and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 144
Worth, R H, 'Devonshire Association Transactions' in 24th Report of the Barrow Committee, , Vol. 37, (1905), 90

Source: Historic England

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