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Prehistoric clearance cairn 962m north-west of Wardbrook Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Linkinhorne, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.5386 / 50°32'19"N

Longitude: -4.4737 / 4°28'25"W

OS Eastings: 224805.366449

OS Northings: 73904.9475

OS Grid: SX248739

Mapcode National: GBR NF.HGP1

Mapcode Global: FRA 17JM.T3B

Entry Name: Prehistoric clearance cairn 962m north-west of Wardbrook Farm

Scheduled Date: 7 August 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008996

English Heritage Legacy ID: 15136

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Linkinhorne

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Linkinhorne

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a large Prehistoric clearance cairn situated near a
broadly contemporary field system and linear boundaries on the western slope
of the Langstone Downs on SE Bodmin Moor.
The cairn survives as a turf-covered ovoid mound of heaped rubble measuring 4m
ENE-WSW by 3m NNW-SSE and up to 0.75m high. It is one of at least seventeen
similarly large cairns forming a dispersed cairnfield among and adjoining the
cleared plots of a Prehistoric field system. This cairn is situated close to
two major linear boundaries which subdivide the field system, passing 32m to
the NE and 45m to the south of the cairn.

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

Bodmin Moor, the largest of the Cornish granite uplands, has long been
recognised to have exceptional preservation of archaeological remains. The
Moor has been the subject of detailed archaeological survey and is one of the
best recorded upland landscapes in England. The extensive relict landscapes of
prehistoric, medieval and post-medieval date provide direct evidence for human
exploitation of the Moor from the earliest prehistoric period onwards. The
well-preserved and often visible relationship between settlement sites, field
systems, ceremonial and funerary monuments as well as later industrial remains
provides significant insights into successive changes in the pattern of land
use through time.

This cairn has survived well, with no evident or recorded disturbance. The
integration of the cairnfield containing this cairn with an extensive
Prehistoric field system and linear boundaries indicates their broad
contemporaneity, demonstrating well the nature of agricultural practices and
organisation of land use during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


consulted 1993, Cornwall SMR entries: PRN 1263 & 1274 (part),
consulted 9/1991, Carter, A./RCHME, 1:2500 AP transcriptions for SX 2473 & SX 2474,
Qualification consulted 9/1991, Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1264,

Source: Historic England

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