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Round cairn 310m SSW of Great Links Tor

A Scheduled Monument in Bridestowe, Devon

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Latitude: 50.66 / 50°39'36"N

Longitude: -4.054 / 4°3'14"W

OS Eastings: 254915.55666

OS Northings: 86495.679961

OS Grid: SX549864

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.7VXG

Mapcode Global: FRA 27DB.8G7

Entry Name: Round cairn 310m SSW of Great Links Tor

Scheduled Date: 12 May 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007828

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24061

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Bridestowe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This monument includes a round cairn situated on a gentle south west facing
slope overlooking the valley of the Doetor Brook. The cairn mound measures
19m in diameter and stands up to 1.5m high. An irregular-shaped hollow in
the centre of the mound suggests partial early excavation or robbing.

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 310m SSW of Great Links
Tor survives comparatively well and contains archaeological and environmental
information relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was
erected. This mound is surrounded by deep peat deposits in which further
archaeological and environmental information survives.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991), 221
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,

Source: Historic England

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