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Platform cairn with central mound 760m ESE of Lambadla Farm

A Scheduled Monument in St. Cleer, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.5209 / 50°31'15"N

Longitude: -4.4764 / 4°28'34"W

OS Eastings: 224551.643908

OS Northings: 71936.09207

OS Grid: SX245719

Mapcode National: GBR NF.JG0W

Mapcode Global: FRA 17HP.CX1

Entry Name: Platform cairn with central mound 760m ESE of Lambadla Farm

Scheduled Date: 18 March 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010327

English Heritage Legacy ID: 15059

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: St. Cleer

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: St Cleer

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument comprises a small circular platform cairn with a central mound,
near the centre of Craddock Moor on south-east Bodmin Moor.
The cairn survives with a small circular mound, 5m diameter and 0.75m high, of
heaped small to medium sized stone rubble, set centrally within a low
platform, 10m in diameter and up to 0.3m high at the SSE side, also composed
of heaped stone rubble. Some relatively recent stone extraction has produced
a shallow trough NW-SE across the mound, 1m wide and 0.5m deep. The form of
this cairn is generally well-preserved, with only minor disturbance evident
from the shallow trough in the upper surface. It was surveyed and recorded in
1984 but has not been archaeologically excavated. It is one of three similar
cairns dispersed about a NW-facing hillside near the centre of Craddock Moor
amid an extensive area of funerary and ceremonial monuments typical of the
early and middle Bronze Age (c.2000 - 1000 BC) on the Craddock and Rillaton

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. Platform cairns are funerary monuments covering single or
multiple burials and dating to the Early Bronze Age (c.2000-1600 BC). They
were constructed as low flat-topped mounds of stone rubble up to 40m in
external diameter. Some examples have other features, including peripheral
banks and internal mounds, constructed on this platform. A kerb of edge-set
stones sometimes bounds the edges of the platform, bank or mound, or all
three. Platform cairns occur as isolated monuments, in small groups, or in
cairn cemeteries. In the latter instances they are normally found alongside
cairns of other types. Although no precise figure is available, current
evidence indicates that there are under 250 known examples of this monument
class nationally. As a rare monument type exhibiting considerable variation in
form, a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered worthy of

This platform cairn on Craddock Moor survives substantially intact despite the
limited actions of stone robbers. The cairn's importance is further enhanced
by its association with the many other differing but broadly contemporary
classes of funerary and ceremonial monuments on Craddock Moor, demonstrating
well both the diversity and the organisation of burial practice and ritual
during the Bronze Age.

Source: Historic England


CAU/RCHME, The Bodmin Moor Survey, Unpubl. draft text. Ch.4, 1.3, fig 17
Cornwall SMR entry for PRN 1279.01,

Source: Historic England

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