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Cairn with cist west of Legis Lake

A Scheduled Monument in Meavy, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4742 / 50°28'26"N

Longitude: -4.0223 / 4°1'20"W

OS Eastings: 256596.826001

OS Northings: 65768.921801

OS Grid: SX565657

Mapcode National: GBR Q1.TJMN

Mapcode Global: FRA 27GS.W8T

Entry Name: Cairn with cist west of Legis Lake

Scheduled Date: 4 December 1957

Last Amended: 16 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012270

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10593

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Meavy

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.2500-500BC). 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 with a cist lies 150m west of Legis Lake. It consists of a mound
0.4m in height with a retaining kerb 5m in diameter and a central cist. The
kerb contains eleven stones of which some of the larger ones have fallen.
The cist has all four slabs in place and is 1m in length by 0.5m in width
and 0.4m in depth. The cover slab is displaced and overhangs the cist, it
is 1.40m in length by 1.2m in width.

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.
This cairn with a cist west of Legis Lake is a well-preserved example and
occupies a prominent position on the slope down to the River Plym. Its
relationship to other cairns and stone circles and a stone alignment
indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of life on this
part of the Moor.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 167
Devon SMR, SX56NE-035,

Source: Historic England

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