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Cairn on northern Harford Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Cornwood, Devon

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Latitude: 50.4508 / 50°27'2"N

Longitude: -3.9096 / 3°54'34"W

OS Eastings: 264523.041389

OS Northings: 62963.110608

OS Grid: SX645629

Mapcode National: GBR Q7.V3GJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27PV.YG9

Entry Name: Cairn on northern Harford Moor

Scheduled Date: 25 October 1991

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1012741

English Heritage Legacy ID: 10520

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 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, high on northern Harford Moor, is 9m in diameter and 0.7m high
with a retaining circle, of which seven stones survive, giving a maximum
diameter of 11.5m. A modern shelter has been built on top of the mound,
using cairn stones.

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, high on northern Harford Moor, is a well-preserved example and
occupies a prominent position on the brow of the hill. Its relationship to
other monuments of different types 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), 140
Devon County SMR (SX 66 SW-043),

Source: Historic England

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