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One of a number of cairns with cists south of Shavercombe Brook

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.475 / 50°28'29"N

Longitude: -3.9795 / 3°58'46"W

OS Eastings: 259636.189142

OS Northings: 65774.833723

OS Grid: SX596657

Mapcode National: GBR Q4.6HL8

Mapcode Global: FRA 27KS.TQN

Entry Name: One of a number of cairns with cists south of Shavercombe Brook

Scheduled Date: 29 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012214

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10653

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 a mound
4.5m in diameter and 0.6m in height with three stones of a retaining kerb
around its west side, which are up to 1m in width and 0.6m in height. Three
slabs of the cist remain giving dimensions of 0.9m in length, 0.5m in width
and 0.8m in depth. The slabs of the cist were repositioned during excavation
in 1900. 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 occupies a prominent position on the valley slope. Its
relationship to 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
Worth, R H, 'Trans. Devon Assoc.' in 20th Report of the Barrow Committee, , Vol. 33, (1901), 119
Other
Devon County SMR SX56NE-169, Devon County SMR SX56NE-169,

Source: Historic England

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