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White Barrow round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Peter Tavy, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5958 / 50°35'45"N

Longitude: -4.0239 / 4°1'26"W

OS Eastings: 256850.310252

OS Northings: 79300.343016

OS Grid: SX568793

Mapcode National: GBR Q1.KXXV

Mapcode Global: FRA 27GH.G5N

Entry Name: White Barrow round cairn

Scheduled Date: 10 November 1964

Last Amended: 14 January 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007896

English Heritage Legacy ID: 20398

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Peter Tavy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This monument includes a turf-covered round cairn situated immediately next to
the Lichway on the crest of a ridge between Cocks Hill and Lynch Tor. The
cairn mound measures 19.7m in diameter and stands up to 1.4m high on the north
side and 0.7m high on the south. A shallow hollow in the centre of the mound
suggests partial early excavation or robbing. The outer edges of the mound
survive as a buried feature below deep peat deposits.

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 White Barrow round cairn survives
well and contains archaeological and environmental evidence relating to the
monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The cairn was also an
important visual landmark for travellers using the nearby ancient route known
as the Lichway.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991)
Worth, R H, Worth's Dartmoor, (1981)
National Archaeological Record, SX57NE11,

Source: Historic England

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