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Cairn west of Stalldown

A Scheduled Monument in Cornwood, Devon

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.4446 / 50°26'40"N

Longitude: -3.933 / 3°55'58"W

OS Eastings: 262843.741641

OS Northings: 62309.116834

OS Grid: SX628623

Mapcode National: GBR Q6.NHGK

Mapcode Global: FRA 27NW.7L2

Entry Name: Cairn west of Stalldown

Scheduled Date: 6 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012708

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10508

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Cornwood

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 (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 made of stone slabs (cist). Some monuments also include kerbstones
marking the outer edge of the mound and surrounding ditch.
This cairn is 6m. in diameter and 0.5 m. high, with part of its retaining
kerb around the mound and three sides of a robbed cist, 1.2m. by 0.4m.,
remaining in the mound.

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 cairn is a well-preserved example with its
cist and retaining kerb surviving. Its proximity to the cairns and stone
alignment of the Stalldown indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the
ritual side of prehistoric life on this part of the Moor.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Devon County SMR (Re Stalldown),

Source: Historic England

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