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Cairn north-east of Brisworthy Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.4765 / 50°28'35"N

Longitude: -4.0303 / 4°1'49"W

OS Eastings: 256034.046

OS Northings: 66049.791528

OS Grid: SX560660

Mapcode National: GBR Q1.TGKQ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27FS.ZL2

Entry Name: Cairn north-east of Brisworthy Plantation

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012273

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10587

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 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 immediately to the south of Eylesbarrow Reave and is a
grassy mound 12.5m in diameter and 0.4m in height. It has a hollow in the
centre which suggests that it has been partly disturbed in the past. It lies
within a few hundred metres of a stone row, other cairns and an enclosure.

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 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 significant position next to a major reave. Its relationship to
this and to other monuments indicates the wealth of evidence relating to
occupation, land division and the ritual side of 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), 166
Other
Devon SMR, SX56NE-296,

Source: Historic England

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