Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

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

Round cairn 220m north of Conies Down Tor

A Scheduled Monument in Peter Tavy, 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: 50.5971 / 50°35'49"N

Longitude: -3.9952 / 3°59'42"W

OS Eastings: 258888.780449

OS Northings: 79387.363093

OS Grid: SX588793

Mapcode National: GBR Q2.RZHH

Mapcode Global: FRA 27JH.7CP

Entry Name: Round cairn 220m north of Conies Down Tor

Scheduled Date: 14 August 1972

Last Amended: 2 August 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011457

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22221

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Peter Tavy

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Widecombe-in-the-Moor St Pancras

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


The monument includes a round cairn situated on the southern edge of a level
plateau. The mound measures 24m in diameter and stands up to 1m high. A
hollow in the southern part of the mound suggests previous partial excavation
or robbing. A ditch, from which material was quarried during the construction
of the cairn, surrounds the mound. This has become partly infilled over the
years but survives as an earthwork, 3.5m wide and 0.2m deep on the west side,
and as a buried feature elsewhere. A stone cist including three side stones is
situated on the north side of the mound and measures 1.4m long by 0.9m wide.

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 220m north of Conies
Down Tor survives well and contains archaeological and environmental evidence
relating to the monument and the landscape in which it was constructed. The
stone row at Conies Down and the standing stone known as the Beardown Man are
both clearly visible from this monument and it therefore forms part of a
dispersed complex of contemporary ritual monuments.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Butler, J, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities, (1991)
Devon County Sites and Monuments Register, SX57NE14,
National Archaeological Record, SX57NE44,

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.