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Cairn east of the northern end of the stone alignment south-west of Glasscombe Corner

A Scheduled Monument in South Brent, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4322 / 50°25'55"N

Longitude: -3.8854 / 3°53'7"W

OS Eastings: 266193.040885

OS Northings: 60844.543

OS Grid: SX661608

Mapcode National: GBR Q9.29P1

Mapcode Global: FRA 27RX.84R

Entry Name: Cairn east of the northern end of the stone alignment south-west of Glasscombe Corner

Scheduled Date: 24 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012458

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10615

County: Devon

Civil Parish: South Brent

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Ugborough St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Exeter


Many examples of prehistoric funerary monuments are preserved on Dartmoor,
mostly dating to the Bronze Age (c.2500 to 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 100 metres east of the
north end of the stone alignment south-west of Glasscombe Corner and a
similar distance north-east of another cairn associated with the alignment.
It is a mound of hummocky appearance, 9m in diameter and 0.4m in height with
no trace of a retaining kerb.

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
occupies a significant position associated with a stone alignment and
several cairns in an area rich in ceremonial and funerary monuments and
settlement sites.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Grinsell, L V, 'Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings' in Dartmoor Barrows, , Vol. 36, (1978), 171
Devon County SMR SX66SE-005,

Source: Historic England

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