Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Cairn with a cist south-west of Drizzlecombe Stone Alignments

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 50.4833 / 50°28'59"N

Longitude: -3.9883 / 3°59'18"W

OS Eastings: 259031.637427

OS Northings: 66716.935939

OS Grid: SX590667

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.5TKZ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27JS.B0B

Entry Name: Cairn with a cist south-west of Drizzlecombe Stone Alignments

Scheduled Date: 24 February 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010656

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10736

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sheepstor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


This cairn with a cist lies on gently sloping ground to the north of the River
Plym and to the south-west of the complex of stone alignments and cairns at
Drizzlecombe. The cairn is 5m in diameter and up to 0.4m in height, the side
and end slabs of the cist are present, but the coverstone is missing. The cist
is 1.4m in length, 0.9m in width and 0.5m in depth.

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 relatively well-preserved cairn with a cist lies near the ceremonial
complex at Drizzlecombe.

Source: Historic England


SX56NE-050, REF SX56NE-050, (1990)

Source: Historic England

Other nearby scheduled monuments is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself. is a Good Stuff website.