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Cairn with cist north of Shavercombe Brook

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.4759 / 50°28'33"N

Longitude: -3.977 / 3°58'37"W

OS Eastings: 259813.550692

OS Northings: 65876.210861

OS Grid: SX598658

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.6J6Z

Mapcode Global: FRA 27KS.VV3

Entry Name: Cairn with cist north of Shavercombe Brook

Scheduled Date: 5 December 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012173

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10655

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Sheepstor

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Details

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 a 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 with a cist lies on a north-west facing slope south of
Shavercombe Brook and south-east of Shavercombe Tor. It consists of an oval
mound 7.5m in length by 6.5m in width and 0.9m in height with traces of a
retaining kerb. It has a central cist 1.3m in length, 0.6m in width and 0.4m
in depth, the eastern side slab of which is visible, the others are hidden by
the mound. There is no coverstone present. There are several other cairns in
the immediate vicinity.

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.
This cairn with a cist is a well-preserved example lying on the valley
slope. Its relationship with other cairns indicates the wealth of evidence
relating to the ritual side of Prehistoric life on this part of the Moor.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 164
Other
Devon County SMR SX 56 NE-168,

Source: Historic England

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