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Round cairn 80m SSW of White Moor stone circle

A Scheduled Monument in Gidleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6894 / 50°41'21"N

Longitude: -3.9366 / 3°56'11"W

OS Eastings: 263301.833222

OS Northings: 89534.001506

OS Grid: SX633895

Mapcode National: GBR Q6.4W0W

Mapcode Global: FRA 27N8.05Y

Entry Name: Round cairn 80m SSW of White Moor stone circle

Scheduled Date: 9 April 1962

Last Amended: 13 January 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1010787

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24137

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Gidleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: South Tawton St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


This monument includes a round cairn situated on a saddle between the two
Hound Tors overlooking Raybarrow Pool and the valley of the Small Brook.
This cairn forms part of a discrete cluster of monuments including at least
four cairns, a stone circle and standing stone. The cairn mound measures 8.5m
in diameter and stands up to 0.8m high. A slight hollow in the centre of the
mound suggests partial early excavation or robbing.

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 evidence for partial early excavation, the round cairn 80m SSW of
White Moor stone circle survives comparatively well and contains
archaeological and environmental information relating to the monument and the
landscape in which it was erected. This cairn lies in close proximity to three
other cairns and midway between a standing stone and stone circle.

Source: Historic England


Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX68NW4, (1983)
MPP fieldwork by S. Gerrard,

Source: Historic England

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