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Cairn north-east of Harrowthorn Plantation

A Scheduled Monument in Cornwood, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4436 / 50°26'37"N

Longitude: -3.9392 / 3°56'21"W

OS Eastings: 262399.931294

OS Northings: 62218.472001

OS Grid: SX623622

Mapcode National: GBR Q6.NFX2

Mapcode Global: FRA 27MW.C5B

Entry Name: Cairn north-east of Harrowthorn Plantation

Scheduled Date: 29 November 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012709

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10512

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Cornwood

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 a
surrounding ditch.
This cairn, 5m. in diameter and 0.7m. high with a hollow in the centre,
lies 220m. north-east of Harrowthorn Plantation. A large granite slab lying
on the north-east side of the cairn is probably the displaced capstone of a
cist, there is no cist visible. The cairn is in close association with a
reave running towards the southern slope of Stalldown.

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 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 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, north-east of Harrowthorn Plantation, is a well-preserved
example situated on the south-west slope of Stalldown. Its relationship to
other funerary monuments on Stalldown, and close association with a reave,
indicates the wealth of evidence relating to the ritual side of prehistoric
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)
Devon County SMR (Re Stalldown),

Source: Historic England

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