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Round cairn 240m north of Ger Tor

A Scheduled Monument in Peter Tavy, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.6315 / 50°37'53"N

Longitude: -4.0566 / 4°3'23"W

OS Eastings: 254645.141157

OS Northings: 83326.074692

OS Grid: SX546833

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.9MTB

Mapcode Global: FRA 27DD.MFD

Entry Name: Round cairn 240m north of Ger Tor

Scheduled Date: 4 November 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011242

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22247

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Peter Tavy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

This monument includes a round cairn situated on the brow of a hillslope
overlooking Ger Tor. The cairn mound measures 7m in diameter and stands up to
0.6m high. A few retaining stones are visible around the southern perimeter
of the mound, indicating the presence of a kerb which survives largely as a
buried feature. A slight hollow in the centre of the mound suggests partial
early excavation or robbing.

MAP EXTRACT
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 excavation, the round cairn 240m north of Ger
Tor, survives well and contains archaeological and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991), 100-101
Other
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX58SW77,

Source: Historic England

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