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Cairn south of Eylesbarrow Reave

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4821 / 50°28'55"N

Longitude: -4.0149 / 4°0'53"W

OS Eastings: 257141.1632

OS Northings: 66637.82693

OS Grid: SX571666

Mapcode National: GBR Q3.00HQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27GS.CNL

Entry Name: Cairn south of Eylesbarrow Reave

Scheduled Date: 6 December 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012272

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10624

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.2500-500BC). 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 lies approximately 200m south-east of Eylesbarrow Reave and two
other cairns adjacent to the reave, on a spur south-west of Gutter Tor. It
is a mound of turf-covered stones 10.7m in diameter and 0.6m 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 as later industrial remains, gives significant insights
into successive changes in the pattern of land use through time.
This cairn, lying 200m to the south of Eylesbarrow Reave, is a well-
preserved example and occupies a significant position on the brow of a hill.
Its relationship with other cairns, stone circles and an alignment indicates
the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of life on this part of
the Moor.

Source: Historic England


Devon SMR, SX56NE-202,

Source: Historic England

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