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Cairn with a cist north of Drizzlecombe stone alignments

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4877 / 50°29'15"N

Longitude: -3.9868 / 3°59'12"W

OS Eastings: 259151.005152

OS Northings: 67208.327578

OS Grid: SX591672

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.5MQN

Mapcode Global: FRA 27JR.YD9

Entry Name: Cairn with a cist north of Drizzlecombe stone alignments

Scheduled Date: 25 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010654

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10715

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sheepstor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This cairn with a cist lies on a south-east facing slope north of the stone
alignments in Drizzlecombe and the River Plym. It consists of a mound built of
stone and earth 12m in diameter and 1m in height with a cist orientated
north-west/south-east set in it. The cist is 1.10m in length, 1.02m in width
and 0.75m in depth, the side slabs extend a further 20cm at either end beyond
the end slabs. There is a high proportion of stone in the make-up of the
mound. The cairn lies about 150m from the complex of stone alignments, cairns
and enclosures in Drizzlecombe.

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 provides 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.2500-1000 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 densest concentrations of round cairns in south-western Britain.

This cairn with a cist is closely associated with the ceremonial complex of
alignments and cairns at Drizzlecombe.

Source: Historic England


SX56NE-048/049, REF SX56NE-048/049, (1990)

Source: Historic England

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