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Cairn south-east of Ringmoor Cottage

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4784 / 50°28'42"N

Longitude: -4.0304 / 4°1'49"W

OS Eastings: 256031.187308

OS Northings: 66260.29213

OS Grid: SX560662

Mapcode National: GBR Q1.T8K1

Mapcode Global: FRA 27FS.RLX

Entry Name: Cairn south-east of Ringmoor Cottage

Scheduled Date: 11 June 1965

Last Amended: 7 January 1992

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012245

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10585

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 surrounding ditch.
This cairn lies on the brow of Ringmoor Down approximately 125m north-west
of Eylesbarrow Reave. It is a grass-covered mound 22m in diameter and up to
1m in height with a hollow centre, suggesting that it has been partly
disturbed. It lies 60m north of another cairn and within a few hundred
metres of a stone row, other cairns and an enclosure.

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 as later industrial remains, gives significant insights
into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time.
Despite some disturbance, this is a well-preserved example of a cairn and it
occupies a prominent position on the brow of a hill and is near a major
reave. Its relationship to other monuments indicates the wealth of evidence
relating to the ritual side of life and land division on this part of the

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978)
SX 56 NE 013,

Source: Historic England

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