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Round cairn 765m south-west of Great Nodden

A Scheduled Monument in Bridestowe, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6631 / 50°39'47"N

Longitude: -4.0765 / 4°4'35"W

OS Eastings: 253335.779455

OS Northings: 86879.987848

OS Grid: SX533868

Mapcode National: GBR NZ.7GS1

Mapcode Global: FRA 27BB.5NK

Entry Name: Round cairn 765m south-west of Great Nodden

Scheduled Date: 18 April 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007652

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22337

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bridestowe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

This monument includes a round cairn situated on the gentle south-facing spur
of Great Nodden overlooking the valley of the River Lyd. The cairn mound
measures 8m in diameter and stands up to 0.7m high. A slight hollow in the
centre of the mound suggests partial early excavation or robbing.

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 765m south-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
forms part of a dispersed group of cairns situated on a 2.5km long spur
overlooking the valley of the River Lyd.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991), 219-220
Other
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,

Source: Historic England

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