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Cairn with a cist, the eastern one of two between Langcombe Brook and Deadman's Bottom

A Scheduled Monument in Sheepstor, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4836 / 50°29'0"N

Longitude: -3.9607 / 3°57'38"W

OS Eastings: 260992.778935

OS Northings: 66698.918597

OS Grid: SX609666

Mapcode National: GBR Q5.CVTM

Mapcode Global: FRA 27LS.8SB

Entry Name: Cairn with a cist, the eastern one of two between Langcombe Brook and Deadman's Bottom

Scheduled Date: 14 March 1962

Last Amended: 2 December 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012289

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10675

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 a 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 is the eastern one of two which lie on a west-facing
slope between Langcombe Brook and Deadman's Bottom. It consists of a mound
5m in diameter and 0.2m in height with a square cist. The cist measures 1m
square and retains all its end and side slabs. A slab which may have been its
coverstone lies in the cist.

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 provide 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 a relatively well-preserved example close to another example of
this type. Its relationship to the latter and to other monuments indicates
the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of Prehistoric life on this
part of the Moor.

Source: Historic England


Devon County SMR SX66NW-038,

Source: Historic England

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