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Round cairn 270m west of Great Nodden

A Scheduled Monument in Bridestowe, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6678 / 50°40'4"N

Longitude: -4.0728 / 4°4'22"W

OS Eastings: 253612.93597

OS Northings: 87397.305545

OS Grid: SX536873

Mapcode National: GBR NZ.79P8

Mapcode Global: FRA 27C9.M4C

Entry Name: Round cairn 270m west of Great Nodden

Scheduled Date: 27 June 1963

Last Amended: 20 April 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007647

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22332

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bridestowe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

This monument includes a round cairn situated on the gentle west-facing slope
of Great Nodden. The cairn mound measures 17.3m in diameter and stands up to
1m high. Loose rubble covering the centre of the mound suggests that the
cairn has been partially excavated or robbed.


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 of partial robbing, the round cairn 270m west of Great Nodden
survives well and contains archaeological and environmental information
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was erected. This mound
is the largest round cairn forming part of a dispersed group of cairns
situated on a 2.5km long spur alongside the River Lyd.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991), 219-220
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 133
Other
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,

Source: Historic England

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