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Cairn north-west of Ditsworthy Warren House

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4798 / 50°28'47"N

Longitude: -4.0008 / 4°0'2"W

OS Eastings: 258137.400191

OS Northings: 66353.84145

OS Grid: SX581663

Mapcode National: GBR Q3.0B3D

Mapcode Global: FRA 27HS.K54

Entry Name: Cairn north-west of Ditsworthy Warren House

Scheduled Date: 25 May 1962

Last Amended: 14 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012053

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10643

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sheepstor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon


Many examples of Prehistoric funerary monuments are preserved on Dartmoor,
mostly dating to the Bronze Age (c.2500-500 BC). To celebrate or commemorate
the dead, mounds of earth or stone were piled in roughly hemispherical shape
over the burial, which was sometimes contained in a small rectangular
structure, or cist, made of stone slabs. Some monuments also include
kerbstones marking the outer edge of the mound and a surrounding ditch.
This cairn lies north-west of Ditsworthy Warren House on a west-facing slope
above Meavy Pool and the north bank of the River Plym. It consists of a mound
of stones built on a base made up of earth and stone which projects to form a
rim 0.4m in height. The mound is 14m by 12m in diameter and 1.5m in height.

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 a
as later industrial monuments, gives significant insights into successive
changes in the pattern of land use through time.
This cairn north-west of Ditsworthy Warren House is a well-preserved example
and occupies a significant position above the north bank of the river
Plym. Its relationship to areas of settlement and major ceremonial sites in
the area indicates the wealth of evidence relating to occupation, ritual and
funerary practices on this part of the Moor during the Prehistoric period.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX56NE-31, Devon County SMR SX56NE-31,

Source: Historic England

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