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Cairn south-east of Nattor

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.487 / 50°29'13"N

Longitude: -4.0117 / 4°0'42"W

OS Eastings: 257384.015

OS Northings: 67180.595527

OS Grid: SX573671

Mapcode National: GBR Q2.ZMBT

Mapcode Global: FRA 27HR.T3L

Entry Name: Cairn south-east of Nattor

Scheduled Date: 11 June 1965

Last Amended: 22 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012283

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10582

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 immediately to the south of the road, south-west of Nattor
Farm. It is 20m in diameter and 1m in height, it consists of a mound built
of small stones and earth and is reported to have contained a cist, though
this is not visible. It lies approximately 75m north-west of Eylesbarrow
Reave and within 500m of several other cairns and enclosures. The mound has
been damaged, probably during the enclosure of farm land immediately to the
north of the road.

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 is situated close to the important watershed reave at
Eylesbarrow. Its relationship to several other cairns and enclosures
indicates the wealth of evidence relating to occupation and 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), 166
Devon SMR, SX56NE-009,

Source: Historic England

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