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Round cairn 340m ESE of Norsworthy Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.5061 / 50°30'22"N

Longitude: -4.016 / 4°0'57"W

OS Eastings: 257140

OS Northings: 69310.758931

OS Grid: SX571693

Mapcode National: GBR Q2.YD8K

Mapcode Global: FRA 27GQ.K82

Entry Name: Round cairn 340m ESE of Norsworthy Bridge

Scheduled Date: 13 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008651

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22395

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sheepstor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This monument includes a round cairn situated on a west facing ridge
overlooking Burrator Reservoir. The cairn mound measures 10m in diameter,
stands up to 1m high and is situated within a post-medieval field.
The monument lies within an area which has been extensively mined for tin,
and earthworks associated with this activity survive nearby.

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 being incorporated into a post-medieval field, the round cairn 340m
ESE of Norsworthy Bridge survives well and contains important archaeological
and environmental information relating to the monument and the landscape in
which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX56NE223,
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,

Source: Historic England

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